Archived Post

Thanks to our Patreon backers

It’s June! Summer is almost here, school will let out soon, Tim Cook and friends will have goodies for us next week and Apple World Today will produce another month of articles. 

Our fantastic patrons over at Patreon help make that happen and for that they have our gratitude! Heres’s our monthly shout-out to the fantastic people who support us every month. You’re the best. 

While we’re on the subject, we’ve got an active Slack group for our patrons. Hang out with us, see what we’re working on and more. It’s available to all backers. 

Our thanks goes out to:

Erin Murphy
Simon H.
Ken Snider
Garry Winer
Marius Stedjan
Gregory Locke
Alan Koenigsberg
Ken Simonton
Don Newmeyer
Patrick Adamo
Rob Paterson
Jesse Armstrong
Jon Shupe
Ian Rinestine
Anthony Hosking
Tim Optenhoefel
Hilmar Pfister
Nicholas Wilkinson
Niall Blair
Jack McCullough
Michael Pariseau
Chris Duzynski
Joey Natividad
Tom Guinall
Karin Lord
Frank Fountain
Calendee LLC
Damon Uyeda
Michael Dunphy
Albert Chu
Kris Markel
Ben Roethig
Adam Byram
Susan Stevens
Paul Gans
Michael Antignano
Doc Rock
Bill Wolf
Brian Alvey
Michael Hannemann
Stephanie Harrigan
Bob Farrell
Beth Dunn
Laurie Duncan
Damien LeVeck
Alex Nachlas
Wayne Martin
Julius Mapalad
John Coyne
Craig Miller
Carol Caolo
Arthur P. Johnson
Ben Vaughan
Richard Morse
Andrea Suhaka
Rosemary Arce
John Goodwin
Scottie Wylie
Mirko Bautz
Mike Benert
Cyril Rickelton-Abdi
Steve Nicholson
Dan Mosqueda
David Grevink
Don Carlson
Patrice Brend’amour
Raghu Sugavanam
Steve Geniec
Richard Smith
John Ribaudo
Jerome Salesin
Mark Ross
Tim Liu
David Levy
John Reynolds
Eugene Bouley
Daren Wang
Douglas Fields
Jose Gutierrez
Thomas Ingham
Lee Marcus
Randy Murray
John Prichard
Cory Alvarez
Darren Moser
J. R. Whitson
Geordie Korper
John Welle
John Parkinson
Derek Scott
David Nielsen
Niels Joncheere
Jack Frysinger
Brian Erdelyi
Ian Mead
Frank Ferguson
Hal Sherman
Josh Suhr
Bob Ondrizek
Lucas Bowers
Melissa Caolo
Mike Barnes
Ken Magnuson
Adam Christianson
Michael Rose
Peter Skinner
Julie Kuehl
Mario Ciabarra
Brian Burkhardt
Shelley Sperry
Ric Wilson
Andrew Jones
Gedeon Maheux
Henry J Yeackle III
Alex Cohn
Dean Baird
Samuel Herschbein
Brandt Ranj
Bob Peterson
Bert Jackson
Benjamin Hagan
Richard Taylor
Mikel Potts
William Lisowski
Paul Taylor
Chris Kelly
William Hamlin
Mark Alexander
Richard Lenon
Therese Schwartz
Tim Marlow
Mike Knippers
Dale Gattis
Larry Bernstein
Colby Ray
Paul Lagasse
Bart Carter
Cato Gaustad
Bill Groll
Marc Luoma
Henning & Holger
Christopher Martin
Paul Weir
Alexander Kühne
Lisa Shiroma
Matthias Eckardt
Eric Celeste
Bruce Hoffman
Marc Lattoni
Adam Johnson
Matteo Risoldi
Rick Smith
Jack Land
Gus Ferguson
Dave Wilson
Stephen Alison
Smythe Richbourg
Nicole Sandblom
Hans Johansson
Colin Reid
Paul Cancellieri
Eric Traband
Gregory Seidman
Kyle Cronin
Eduardo Sanchez
Grawlix Comix
Alison Bransfield
C.K. Sample III
Colman Reilly
Brandon Harris
Joel Hirsch
Sean Conley
Joey Sartin
Phillip Turner
Randy Reitz
Rob Staenke
James E Updegraff
Stan Seibert

Since the days of the first iPhone in 2007, Apple has sold the smartphone — set up for AT&T service —- as a subsidized purchase. In other words, you’d buy your iPhone for a discounted price with a 2-year AT&T contract, say $199 or $299, as opposed to $599 and $699 for a non-subsidized phone. Well, it appears that those days are over. Last night, Apple removed the option of purchasing a new iPhone on a two-year contract with AT&T from the online Apple Store. Instead, all purchases are now done with AT&T’s Next plan using a monthly fee.

On the plus side, the Next plan makes it much more simple for iPhone fans to move to the newest model at the end of 12, 18 ,or 24 months by bundling the unsubsidized price of the phone with a service plan and then splitting that cost into a monthly fee. There’s also no required down payment.

The pricing for a 16 GB iPhone 6 starts at $21.64 per month without a voice and data plan, while the 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus starts at $31.64 — once again, without a voice and data plan. If you prefer to pay for your phone up front, you can do so by buying an unlocked iPhone or buy purchasing your new iPhone through AT&T web or retail stores that still show the existing subsidized plans. 

Plans without subsidies may become the norm in the US, similar to the way they are in most other countries. For example, Apple offers T-Mobile phones only at full unlocked price or through the Jump upgrade plan. Sprint and Verizon currently have subsidized plans, although the companies also offer “fast upgrade” programs like Next and Jump.

Steve Sande
the authorSteve Sande
Steve is the founder and former publisher of Apple World Today and has authored a number of books about Apple products. He's an avid photographer, an FAA-licensed drone pilot, and a really bad guitarist. Steve and his wife Barb love to travel everywhere!