AT&T Increases Activation Fee to $40
AT&T has bumped up the price of activating new equipment on two-year plans from $36 to $40. The change went into effect June 8. The fee doesn't apply to AT&T Next plans, though AT&T told Fierce Wireless that heavy adoption of its early upgrade program played a role in increasing the activation fee for those signing contracts. AT&T spokesperson Mark Siegel claimed "there are administrative and other costs associated with activating or upgrading a device" on two-year plans. Sprint charges a $36 activation fee, Verizon charges a $35 activation fee (waived if customers sign up for Edge within two month), and T-Mobile doesn't charge an activation fee at all for customers who select a Simple Choice plan.
Sep 1, 2020
Samsung has revealed new details of its Galaxy Z Fold2 foldable phone, the successor to last year's pioneering Galaxy Fold. While Samsung has improved or refined most aspects of the design — including the hinge — the much larger outer display stands out, having grown from 4.6 to 6.2 inches, and now protected by Gorilla Glass Victus.
Aug 12, 2020
Microsoft is finally ready to launch the unique, dual-screen Surface Duo device it first revealed almost a year ago. The Android 10 device has two 5.6-inch OLED displays, joined by a narrow 360º hinge, which can work together as one 8.1-inch display.
Sep 23, 2020
Samsung has a new, more affordable Galaxy S20 phone that starts at $699 while keeping the S20 specs and features that Samsung says surveyed users cared about most. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition (abbreviated "FE") keeps flagship-level specs in many areas.
Sep 17, 2020
Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile have officially launched ZenKey, a new way quickly log in to apps that leverages the authentication that happens automatically every time your phone connects to the cellular network. Apps must be updated to support ZenKey, and developers have the option of enabling ZenKey as the primary login, or as the second token in two-factor logins, replacing PIN codes sent my text message, for example.
Nothing but a scam.
Or how about advertising a product for 50% off, then you get to the store and they tack on an extra $40 because the advertised discount is more than they can afford?
i hate when i used to get calls about this because you do have a choice
Honestly, when i upgraded the Upgrade Fee wasn't even noticeable.
By the way, wireless providers sell AIR. They have always gotten over on consumers. There's nothing new here.
The Real Purpose of the Upgrade/Activation Fee
Everyone knows that the activation fee, the upgrade are completely bogus, nonsense fees. Nobody likes them, not even the employees of at&t.
However, customers tend to be sticklers, they want to try to 'negotiate' to get the lowest possible price. at&t doesn't not negotiate the cost of rate plans, therefore the only way to make customers feel like they are getting a good deal, is to pretend to demand more than you really want by charging fees that you don't really intend to collect.
So the way we accomplish that is by charging completely bogus fees, like the upgrade fee, that we have no intention of collecting, so that when customers get angry, you can t...
Let us discuss the reason behind this further.....
People, realize, your contracts were nothing more than full retail to begin with. At least this time around, if you own a device and want to add it, it only cost $15 (usually). As long as you aren't a data hog and can use WiFi to do your Netflix and porn, you'll be fine - and even then, you only watch 5 mins of porn so you'll be okay.
I can't say much for the cellul...
But everything you wrote is true! I have AT&T and I am really impressed with not only their network but their customer service. I had Verizon for about 9 years before switching and although their network was good, it jus...
Verizon will be next.
I completely understand why they charge for these though, when it comes to subsidizing the cost of the phone the carriers don't immediately make $ so they try and get as much as they can up front. The Next program has afforded them AND US the ability to get what we want. They want to make $ off us faster and we don't want contracts but get the choice to get a NEW phone every 12 or 18 months!
I am a HUGE fan of no contracts and new equipment every 12 months!!!
For the love of God, please read people
Whether or not you can understand, nor admit it, you've ALWAYS (ALWAYS) - GOT THAT? ALWAYS have paid full retail for the phone. What, did you expect them to take a $450 loss on a phone and somehow stay in business? No, they just jacked up the monthly bill to make up for it over 24 months.
Now, at least when you're done paying off your device, the *hidden* subsidy goes away. Before grandma would keep her phone for 3-4 years and you'd secretly be paying for a phone that was FAR paid off.
Also, say you want to add a line - It's $15 (for 10GB and above) and you have unlimited everything besides data. As long as you own de...
Switch to cricket if theres a problem
ha, i laugh
as long as you call CS, they will take care of it.
they rather have you stuck with them for 2 yrs then worry about these fees
What carrier will be next?