AT&T is the only major cell phone carrier in the U.S. that still offers contracts for its customers. Starting in the new year, that will be a thing of the past.
Effective starting Jan. 8, customers will be able to buy any AT&T phone, smart phones, flip phones, or the like by paying in full, or in installments over time--now known as the AT&T Next program.
Engadget first reported the change on Wednesday.
According to a statement by AT&T, the change is being made for the sake of "aligning... service offerings with customer and industry trends".
Verizon and Sprint announced at the end of the summer that they would no longer offer contracts to new and existing customers.
T-Mobile ended contracts over 2 years ago.