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Rogers preparing to offer early smartphone upgrades with Next program

updated 05:46 am EST, Fri February 21, 2014

Rogers Next will offer 12-month upgrades for $25 monthly fee

Rogers of Canada is following the lead of its American carrier counterparts, by offering customers an earlier upgrade via an extra subscription. Rogers Next, similar to T-Mobile Jump, AT&T Next, and Verizon Edge, will allow customers to trade in smartphones every 12 months for a new device, with no up-front charges on a large number of devices, no connection fees, nor early upgrade fees.

Customers will need to sign up to a two-year commitment, and pay a charge of $25 per month on top of charges for specific price plans, or $30 per month with Rogers Device Protection Premium insurance, reports Engadget. Customers will have nothing to pay at first for devices worth up to $250 when subsidized, though more expensive devices will still need the excess value to be paid.

Comparison table showing price difference of Rogers Next
Comparison table showing price difference of Rogers Next

Once 12 months have passed, customers can trade in their device to clear their FLEXtab balance, and get another $250-or-less device on a new two-year plan, again with no money down and fees waived, and the option to continue paying for Rogers Next to get another device in 12 months again.

Rogers has yet to reveal what price plans would be usable under Rogers Next, nor when the offer will be available to customers, but does advise it is "putting the finishing touches" on the program, suggesting it will launch fairly soon.

by MacNN Staff



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