AT&T has announced that it's extending its standard upgrade interval from 20 months to 24—the full stretch of most contracts.

Anyone signing up for a new contract, or existing customers with contracts which wrap up in March or later, will have to deal with the full two year gap between phones, reports Engadget. The news echoes a similar decision made by Verizon earlier this year, which also upped the length of wait from 20 months to 24 back in April.


AT&T hasn't given any context for the shift. But, if previous changes in contract policy across US carriers is anything to go by, it seems likely that the longer upgrade period could soon become the norm. And that sucks. [Engadget]

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