AT&T Confirms Early Upgrade Price Increase to $200
AT&T has confirmed for Phone Scoop that it is raising the Early Upgrade fee for smartphones from $75 to $200. Users who need to upgrade to a new phone (due to loss, damage, or other reason) before they are eligible for a discount may pay the Early Upgrade fee. AT&T says the new $200 charge for early upgrades reflects the increased complexity of smartphones. AT&T points out that even with the $200 Early Upgrade fee, most smartphones will cost less than the full retail price. The Early Upgrade fee for feature phones and quick messaging devices will remain at $75. The iPhone is exempt from this program.
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Other carriers dont even have this option
This is why....
Early iphone pricing of $200 more masked as an exception upgrade for an iphone. Not to mention, att dishes those out often.
I activated an iphone for a customer back in June. She broke the phone and was elig for the early iphone upgrade pricing. Instead of getting a phone that is insurable, and is accident prone, I can't believe she bought another iphone.....amazing.
My dealer base doesn't offer an exception upgrades for smartphones. To charge $75 more and make $65 in comp from att, puts me at loss of $35.
Depending on where you are at in your contract, it requires a 2 year renewal from the date you sign. With the pricing, in most cases you're better off paying the additional $100 and not extending your contract at all. I worked for Cingular/AT&T for many years and left a couple of years ago. Once AT&T took over they just don't get it. They are trying to run it like the ran a dying landline business and are getting left in the dust. I still have their service and have no complaints, just do not like many of their policies and EVERY time they change one, it hurts the consumer. They are making plenty of money. What if I had a basic phone and wanted to early upgrade to a blackberry or Android phone? I get jamm...
Sorry, I Don't See The Justification.
Consider....the most advanced smartphones today have 1GHZ processors, to put that into perspective, the first PC I bought completely on my own was in 1995, had a 1OO Megahertz processor, and that thing cost me $5000. Today....you can ge...
No Rebates = +$200
Most smart phones are between $99-$199 (directly in line with the 3gs/i4) without rebate on a 2-year contract and $499-$599 off contract.
The +$200 is a fair way to offset the cost when a customer wants to upgrade early (after at least 6 months). This will bring the price between $299-$399 which happen to be the early upgrade price for the iPhone 3gs/4.
Coninue down the same path.
For the past couple of years, you could do an early (or exception) upgrade on the Iphone for $200 more than the regular 2-year price. That was still $200 less than the retail price of the phone. Now they are doing the same on their other smart phones now. Don't let anyone tell you different, the Iphone runs ATT.
Before the flames begin...
so i can have a WP7 phone for 200$??
Phonescoop somewhat has the facts wrong
Google Voice makes this all the more easier.
not the price..but the complexity...