AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless have each introduced new early smartphone upgrade programs in Next, Jump and Edge respectively, although all three of the plans involve a myriad of price tiers and other complicated stipulations. Fortunately, the team over at The Verge has put together a chart that shows which plan is the cheapest, based on how much it would cost to purchase the Galaxy S4 on each carrier.
The results show that T-Mobile has the most affordable upgrade solution, although it really only benefits the end user if they are purchasing a new smartphone every six months. Otherwise, the savings are only in the $100 to $250 range per year. For customers that upgrade their smartphone on an annual basis, or even less than that, these new plans are hardly worth considering.