MGG 519: Aspect Ratios Are Fun & AT&T Next is Probably Better For You

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Dave's fresh back from Cupertino (and fresh from ordering a new iPhone), and he and John talk through the events of the week plus answer your questions. Want to know the size delta for watching movies on the iPhone 6 Plus vs. an iPad mini? Dave did some crazy Pythagorean-theorum-based math for you! He also did some more standard math to figure out if an AT&T Next Plan is right, too. Then it's on to question. Want to know how to copy files from a drive that's corrupted? Want to disable your iPhone number from iMessage? Want to create a $35 Time Capsule? All these questions and more will be answered this week on Mac Geek Gab.

MGG 519: Aspect Ratios Are Fun & AT&T Next is Probably Better For You

Sep. 14, 2014 — Download: MP3 Version or AAC Version


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AT&T Next winds up costing about $50 more than a 2-year contract for me.  However, you don’t have to pay as much up front, and theoretically you can change phones sooner.  Just be careful - you can change phones before you’re done paying for the first one, which means you’ll have overlapping payments for awhile.

The most economical thing to do is probably to go on a 2-year contract, then switch to Next as soon as it’s up, go back to a contract when you get a new phone, and repeat.


@mrhooks you are incorrect on overlapping payments.  If you choose to turn in phone and upgrade after 12 months, then AT&T will take the phone back and start over a whole new payment for the new device.  Can be a good deal or a not good deal depending on your total cost of ownership.  For most people next actually makes more sense.

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