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ACTIVATION AND UPGRADE FEE

eyephone

Mar 4, 2013, 5:07 PM
Why do carriers charge for an upgrade fee when we extend our contract with them? I think its too much already because we've already paid the activation fee when we got a new phone, so why do I need to pay for another upgrade fee just to stay with them?
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SupremeSound

Mar 5, 2013, 3:27 PM
Would you rather pay $650 for your new iphone or $230 for your new iphone?
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daxdcagain

Mar 6, 2013, 5:52 PM
Majority of this board seems to think that the average customer doesnt want a contract, when in reality they do. The average person will choose to have a contract and a discounted phone instead of paying full retail price for a device, especially if the plan prices don't change.

Most people on this board are industry geeks that don't accurately represent the US population.
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epik

Mar 12, 2013, 7:25 PM
While I agree that most on this board are industry geeks, and even though I would amend that to say that many of us are industry employees as well, I'm not sure that the majority of this board believes that the average person doesn't want a contract. Even more, I'm not sure if I see the direct connection with the post you have responded to.

If I were to venture a guess, seeing as how most people here are industry geeks, with many of them employed in the business, a good part of the people on here - not all or most - would label most "average persons" as under-informed and trend-following consumers who would drink from the Great Fountain of Subsidy a hundred times more than they would from the Tiny Water Cooler of Meh that is non-contra...
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mat jonson

Mar 13, 2013, 5:10 PM
every one wants to save as much as possible
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adam2106

Mar 13, 2013, 3:42 PM
The reasons why you get charged activation or upgrade fee are as follows:
1. Need a new sim card
2. Update IMEI
3. Update plan and codes
4. Others.
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LakeShow

Mar 14, 2013, 1:05 PM
VZW is trying to recoupe some of the billion dollers they spent on the LTE upgrade. Consumers want better and faster so we have to assist with the cost.
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DJChrisRush

Mar 25, 2013, 9:45 PM
No Activation, Upgrade, or early termination fees on T-Mobile.
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epik

Mar 26, 2013, 1:10 PM
Not entirely. If you have the new plan and cancel early, you don't have something called a termination fee, but you will still have a bill for the remaining months on your installment plan for your equipment, which is effectively the came reason for an ETF.

From T-Mobile's site:

If I cancel my service, what happens to my Equipment Installment Plan balance?
If you elect to cancel service, all remaining installment charges will appear on your final bill.
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eyephone

Mar 26, 2013, 3:43 PM
really? I called Tmobile last time because I was planning to switch. They will charge me for the $35 activation fee...
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SupremeSound

Mar 26, 2013, 5:16 PM
I have a feeling that you're employeed by T-Mobile....
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