updated 12:07 pm EDT, Wed August 27, 2014
Verizon, T-Mobile upgrade support only being piloted at retail
Apple's US online store is now offering iPhone shoppers the chance to purchase a device via an AT&T Next upgrade plan, instead of just choosing a two-year contract or going unlocked. Previously, people on a Next plan had to upgrade through AT&T itself. Apple's site provides a chart illustrating the differences between the 12- and 18-month Next plans and going with a regular contract.
Online shoppers can't yet pick a T-Mobile Jump or Verizon Edge upgrade plan. They may, however, be able to go to a physical Apple Store, since the company reportedly started piloting retail support earlier this month.
Apple is presumably implementing the changes in preparation for a href="http://macnn.com/rd/316938==http://www.electronista.com/articles/14/08/26/sources.track.record.may.back.guides.authenticity/" rel='nofollow'>next month's new iPhones. Supporting upgrade plans should allow the company to keep more shoppers in its sphere of influence, where it can make more money off things like accessories and AppleCare plans.