AT&T to double upgrade fee
Effective February 12, 2012 AT&T will be increasing its upgrade fee from $18 to $36. The reason? According to the memo outlining the increase the 100% bump is because of the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device has increased. This latest increase comes on the heels of AT&T modifying their data plans.
Talking points suggest the upgrade fee is for costs associated with selecting and activating your new equipment. But what if you buy online and activate the phone yourself? Kinda doubt AT&T will have a discounted fee for such occassions. To ease the pain of the sticker shock, AT&T does note that there is no change to your equipment exchange option. Isn't that nice.
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By Jez Corden
And what exactly do you think you're doing if not whining? It's not all about YOU YOU YOU. If YOU don't like to hear more whinings, just stop reading the damn comments.
Go read up a bit on how much we are gouged by telecoms compared to other countries. It's remarkable.
This! Euro boy needs to f--king educate himself. What a f--king ridiculous statement. I thought it was a clear consensus that the US has it the worst as far as dealing with telecom companies and their money gouging.
Some specific devices require a specific plan.
The fact is upgrade fees are just another ripoff. We are already going to contribute to their already obscene profits by signing up for another two years of overpriced data plans, why gouge us again? AT&T is hitting their customers in the pockets because they are pissy over the failed Tmobile bid. First the increase the price of the data plans with a meager increase in usable data, then they start capping unlimited data plans at 2 gigs even though they offer 3 gig plans, and now this insult.
AT&T has put a lot of money into upgrading their infrastructure, and that's not free. As for "obscene profits," take a look at AT&T's results last quarter. 'Nuff said.
1) Gouge customers
2) Use the money to bribe cell phone makers for exclusive rights to desirable phones
3) Gouge more customers
God, if only Nokia would take the 900 to T-Mo we'd have a hope of breaking the cycle, but they won't since they are greedy for AT&Ts money.
How AT&T charges their customers isn't really related to the cost; it's decided by the market. If the people who are willing to pay the extra fee outweight the people who aren't, I don't see why AT&T should give away that money.
Believe it or not, smartphones here in the USA are the cheapest all over the world.. In poor countries this phones are hard to come by and expensive.ok wait, is activation fee different from upgrade fee?? Or that's additional??