According to a new report from 9to5Mac, Apple will soon introduce pre-paid and month-to-month plans at its retail stores to boost the sales of the iPhone.
Previously, users had to purchase an unlocked device, and pay in full to use an existing pre-paid SIM card purchased via a carrier. However, things might change in the future, customers will be able to purchase the device at full price, and connect it to a pre-paid plan within the store.
Not too long ago, Tim Cook mentioned that 20 percent of iPhone sales are made through the Apple retail stores, which has increased in the past 12 months, thanks to the promotions and initiatives the company has taken to boost them.
The folks at 9to5Mac mentions Apple is partnering with AT&T and T-Mobile for this initiative. Apple will soon stock AT&T GoPhone pre-paid activation kits and SIM cards, and they will use existing T-Mobile SIM cards for customers who want to opt for T-Mobile pre-paid plans. There’s a small catch here: the devices must be activated in the Apple store at the time of purchase, and users will not be able to return their iPhone for a full refund — we doubt the Apple fans will do that, except in worst case scenarios.
Apple will reportedly start offering pre-paid and month-to-month plans in the US by late-June, as per 9to5Mac’s sources.
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