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  • AT&T to Charge More for Upgrading Smartphones Starting August 1st


    U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile has been in the spotlight quite often recently with all of their new plan offerings and plan upgrades. They are definitely trying to get more customers to switch over to their carrier, as they even offer to pay new customers to switch over. However, we canít say the same goes for AT&T on the other hand as they recently just made an announcement that new and existing customers wonít be happy to hear. According to Droid-Life, AT&T will be increasing activation/upgrade fees for those with one or two year contracts and then add-on an activation fee for Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) and AT&T Next customers.

    Starting August 1st, 2015, the new upgrade fee for customers with one or two-year contact plans is now $45 when the previous price was $40. The new price tag makes AT&T the most expensive carrier in the U.S. for upgrade and activation fees. Moving on to AT&T Next customers, there will be a new activation fee of $15 for new customers who want to switch to the AT&T Next program. There used to be no cost for customers switching to the Next Plan, but now the carrier will start charging customers starting August 1st as well.

    Even customers who bring their own phone from a previous carrier will have to pay the initial activation fee when moving to AT&T to open a new line. Those who are already AT&T Next customers wonít have to pay an upgrade fee yet, but going forward it will be a requirement too. AT&T has already noted that they will waive the fee for customerís next time upgrade if they joined before the 1st of August, but will begin charging after that. Typically when AT&T makes a bold move like this, Verizon Wireless will follow suit. However, the rival mobile company has yet to change their polices, but will have less of a headache when they do decide to.

    We must say, if AT&T keeps changing their policies like this and keeps increasing their fees and limiting their plans, we wonít be surprised if more and more customers leave the popular mobile company. What are your thoughts on this matter? Share with us in the comment section below.

    Source: Droid-Life
    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T to Charge More for Upgrading Smartphones Starting August 1st started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      I am very happy i have a company provided phone. These providers are getting to be a bit much with their policy changes.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Bend over AT&T customers make sure to ask for a kiss with this when done.
    1. tridley68's Avatar
      tridley68 -
      Bend over AT&T customers make sure to ask for a kiss when done.
    1. gldoorii's Avatar
      gldoorii -
      The only reason my "family" is still on a plan with AT&T is because we still get unlimited data. Once they force us out of that, we are gone. I hate the spotty service and slow speeds I get in south florida.
    1. Checksum47's Avatar
      Checksum47 -
      I dont know, I have a family plan with my Dad and Brother and we all have new iPhones. We pay $45 each per month in a lump sum of about $134.88 Unlimited talk and text and we share 3 GB data which is more than enough considering we are almost always on our home wi-fi or work wi-fi.
    1. pulsecub's Avatar
      pulsecub -
      These fees are getting outrageous, especially when the actual "activation" is all done automatically by the systems when you sell the new phone. It's time for the government to step in and regulate these "fees."
    1. TechAlex's Avatar
      TechAlex -
      I hate AT&T, and anything that smell to AT&T, such is UVERSE, and now DirecTV. I just broke my contract with DirecTV and moved to Time Warner.
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by techalex View Post
      i hate at&t, and anything that smell to at&t, such is uverse, and now directv. I just broke my contract with directv and moved to time warner.
      boy are you in for a surprise!!!!
    1. Dranon's Avatar
      Dranon -
      Quote Originally Posted by pulsecub View Post
      These fees are getting outrageous, especially when the actual "activation" is all done automatically by the systems when you sell the new phone. It's time for the government to step in and regulate these "fees."
      Yes lets have MORE government regulation !! COMPETITION my friend! THIS is how T-Mo is going to get more and more of these ATT customers. THEN ATT wil change their tune...