AT&T is prepared to double its device upgrade fee from $18 to $36. This fee is generally paid when customers choose to purchase new equipment and add it to their plan. In a statement sent to media today, AT&T said, "Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before. And because of that, the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee. This fee isn't unique to AT&T and this is the first time we're changing it in nearly 10 years." The change goes into effect starting Sunday, February 12.