“In the U.S., new, non-traditional wireless subscription plans from the country’s largest carriers may be yet another way for Apple to turn the crank faster on iPhone upgrades and increase older device sales,” Erica Ogg reports for GigaOM.

“Over the last week, first T-Mobile, then AT&T, introduced new plans for upgrading phones,” Ogg reports. “Instead of having to wait until the end of a two-year plan to upgrade to a new device without penalty, T-Mobile’s Jump and AT&T’s Next are giving customers the option to upgrade to a new phone (or tablet, in AT&T’s case) every six months or once every year, respectively.”

Ogg reports, “Depending on the progress AT&T makes converting existing customers or attracting new ones to the Next plans, that could put an end to the two-year-plus upgrade cycle most U.S. customers are used to and end up increasing iPhone sales.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Dan K." for the heads up.]

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