With an eye toward boosting iPhone sales at Apple Store locations, Apple is soon planning to offer prepaid and month-to-moth plans for users who purchase a handset at full price. That’s according to 9to5Mac.
Previously, buyers could only purchase their iPhone at their local Apple Store. If they wanted a prepaid or month-to-month plan, they would have to use another SIM card or head to a carrier location.
According to the report, buyers will be able to select from T-Mobile and AT&T plans:
Apple Stores will soon stock up on AT&T GoPhone pre-paid activation kits and SIM cards, and stores will use the existing T-Mobile SIM cards for customers that will choose T-Mobile pre-paid plans. Apple will begin training its store employees on the new pre-paid and month-to-month iPhone sales practices in the coming weeks. Sales staff will promote AT&T’s $60 per month pre-paid plan (with 2.5GB of internet data and unlimited talk and text) to those seeking AT&T plans, while the stores will offer $50/month (1GB LTE data) and $70/month (5GB LTE data) unlimited data plans to customers seeking T-Mobile devices. The activations must be done at the time of purchase in Apple Stores and those devices will be unable to be returned to Apple for a refund.
The options should be available during the last week of June.
With the next generation of iPhones slated to hit the market sometime this fall, the initiative could also help Apple clear out inventory to make room for the newer models. Currently, rumors say Apple will unveil both a 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhone before the end of the year.
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