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AT&T to Raise Activation and Upgrade Fees

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No surprise

Brad K

Jul 21, 2015, 5:58 PM
With increased regulations (net neutrality) and how fine happy the FCC has been lately it's no surprise they need to increase revenue. How else did you think they were going to pay for it? Sure some people believe all corporations have a Scrooge McDuck style room full of cash that the executives swim in while they drink the tears of the children of their minimum wage employees, but that's not reality.

Jul 21, 2015, 6:53 PM
Really? Really?

Did you really just try to say that the deathstar had to raise their fictional activation fees and Add activation fees to their already more-profitable handset financing service to make up for net neutrality and FCC fines?

Umm yeah... in the last full reported year, AT&T had combined revenues of 132 Billion dollars.

They paid just the investors over 11 billion, which happens after all the costs and fees and exec bonuses come out.

So its not like those fees made a fraction of a percents ding to their bottom line, the truth is Every carrier made much much more profit than they had to pay back.

And ATT is one of the biggest single reasons we needed a law against prioritized traffic.

What amazing leaps....
Brad K

Jul 22, 2015, 9:54 AM
Do you believe that increased regulations lead to increased cost for businesses?

Do you expect those increased expenses to not be made up for?

Jul 22, 2015, 5:21 PM
You hit the nail right on the head Brad! Even though AT&T makes billions in profits, do you really think they aren't going to flinch when hit with a $100 million fine? They are doing what any other company would do and that would be to pass it on to the consumer!

What cracks me up is that the FCC is fining AT&T $100 million for throttling speeds but NONE of it is going back to the consumers who were throttled??? Everyone is always so quick to throw the big two under the bus but when something like this goes down they look the other way? I would like AT&T to reply back with "We will pay the fines without fight as long as it goes back to our customers!" That would tick off the folks on the hill!!!

Jul 21, 2015, 7:09 PM
If I were AT&T, I would certainly raise activation and upgrade fees on customers signing two year contracts and gaining the subsidy. However, adding a $15 fee on customers bringing their on devices and receiving no subsidies is frankly counterintuitive.

Jul 21, 2015, 9:16 PM
Give them a break, they need the extra money for Dish, you people are just so selfish! 🤣

Jul 22, 2015, 11:27 AM
Do you mean Direct TV?

Jul 22, 2015, 4:20 PM
Yes, I stand corrected.

Jul 22, 2015, 11:57 AM
Actually your description of corporate goons is pretty accurate. Just look up Monsatan and their pushing GMOs on the masses when the majority of people don't want them. These corporations are extremely politically correct as well-pushing it not only on their employees, but also friend of the court briefs (like gay marriage) on the Supreme Court. There were over 139 corporations sticking their nose in the SCOTUS pushing gay marriage. The stock market is skyrocketing to outer space not due to record sales or production, but due to sitting on piles of cash thanks to the fed. These corporations run and control this country in every regard, including the FCC.

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