AT&T said to be introducing activation fee for Next and BYOD customers, raising upgrade fee on August 1 [Update]
According to a new report, AT&T may be raising its upgrade fee to $45, and introducing a new $15 activation fee for AT&T Next and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers, starting August 1. Droid Life is reporting that the $5 increase in upgrade fee, and $15 activation fee will apply to all customers beginning August 1, though those currently making payments under a Next Installment Plan won't have to pay on their next upgrade. With this, the AT&T Next Plans are no longer a zero out of pocket deal, as you will be paying the $15 to utilize that service from AT&T.
As of right now, there is no official word from AT&T on these changes. With less than two weeks until the reported change, it won't be long before we find out if AT&T goes through with the price hike or not.
Update: A reader has kindly provided us with a photo of an internal AT&T document (seen below) outlining the changes in activation pricing structure, indicating that prices are indeed set to go up at the beginning of August. Thanks, Anon!
Source: Droid Life
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Jared started off writing about mobile phones back when BlackBerry ruled the market, and Windows Mobile was kinda cool. Now, with a family, mortgage and other responsibilities he has no choice but to look for the best deals, and he's here to share them with you.
I've been eligible to upgrade for free for the past 2 years, I'm hoping I can get away with not having to pay the extra $20
Sounds like the No-Commit though would be buying the phone outright... so it is an extra fee when purchasing the hardware that they tie to the line, which seems like something that could get in the way, but also something that might have a loophole we could find.
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