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AT&T’s Upgrade Fee Doubles This Sunday



While many of you may have been on board with the changes that AT&T recently made to its tiered data plans, we still wish there were more options, you’re probably not going to like the change that the carrier will be bringing about this Sunday.

The company has confirmed to Android Central its plans to double its fee from the current price of $18 to a whole $36.

Again, that change is set to go into effect on Sunday, February 12th.

So you might be wondering to yourself, why in the world is AT&T doing this?


Well, here’s what the company had to say:

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.

So what this means is that if you’re at the end of your contract on Ma Bell and you’re looking to get a new phone, after Sunday, you’re going to have to fork over $36. Those of you with an iPhone 4 who are planning to upgrade to an iPhone 5 when it arrives sometime later this year are probably shaking your heads right now.

In AT&T’s defense, other carriers charge more than Ma Bell’s $18.

Sprint charges customers $36 to upgrade while T-Mobile and Verizon both charge $35. So it’s not like this is anything new. Still, it’s not going to be a welcomed change amongst the masses who already feel they’re getting nickel and dimed by service providers.

For those of you that are looking to get a new phone with AT&T, you’ll want to do so before Sunday lest you have to pay $18.



  1. Anonymous

    02/10/2012 at 4:39 pm

  2. fu att

    02/10/2012 at 5:15 pm

    what a rip off. buy your own new phone and pop in your sim and your good to go? so what the charge??
    demand this be waived if you upgrade.

  3. VZW Dude

    02/10/2012 at 9:40 pm

    Are you talking about the activation fee? The activation fee is $35.00 at VZW and is for new lines of service only. There is an $20.00 early upgrade fee for certain promotions but a regular upgrade after 20 months is no cost other than the price of the subsidized phone plus taxes for a 2 year contract.

  4. Rachel

    02/11/2012 at 9:28 am

    Why should you pay an UPGRADE FEE when youre paying for the phone? ITS A TOTALLY BOGUS FEE BUT ONE THAT RAKES IN LOTS OF their idiotic $20 texting fees. Why I dont sign up with ATT. These fees and ‘new custoner only’ promotions by all carriers do not reward or foster loyalty

  5. Chris

    02/11/2012 at 10:22 am

    Under VZW the upgrades are free, not $35.

  6. Anonymous

    02/12/2012 at 4:14 am

  7. Sir1honda

    02/12/2012 at 10:04 am

    Tmobile value plan with 2 years contract – till February 1, 2014: Loyalty department – helped by DANIEL (employee no. 1244098) Ingrid (employee no. 58046) Maira (employee no. 47271) Chris (february 1,2012)
    $49.98 – 1000 whenever minutes (unlimited nights & weekends and tmobile-tmobile unlimited call)
    $20 – 5gb (unlimited) (no overages) Super fast internet speed (18mbps-28mbps consistently here in Austin,Texas)
    $10 – 2gb (unlimited) (no overages) Super fast internet speed (18mbps-28mbps consistently here in Austin, Texas)
    $5 – 3rd line (we can add 2gb (unlimited-no overages) internet anytime for $10)
    $5 – 4th line (we can add 2gb (unlimited-no overages) internet anytime for $10)
    $20 – domestic & international (worldwide) – all kinds of messaging (unlimited) for all 4 lines
    Total – $109.98 plus taxes & fees with 15% corporate discount and $10 loyalty discount/month till the contract expires.
    So we are looking between $90-$110/month for 4 lines. That is one heck of a deal that NO ONE CAN BEAT.
    * Free wifi calling for all 4 lines (will not use minutes to call anybody (domestic) as long its in wifi zone)
    * Corporate discounts – effective till the contract expires
    * Replace all sim card – 4 lines to 4g sim (tmobile store) – free.
    * Can take off internet data features in any line, anytime? their answer is YES.   
    * $120 credit towards the coming bill
    * No migration fee
    * no upgrade fee
    * Block pay per use web for lines – (free)
    * Web guard – teen (free)
    * International long distance blocking for all lines (free)

    Theres more freebies we got from free phone (1 day sale of samsung galaxy s2 & htc amaze) to 1st month credit on our account.
    I was an AT&T subscriber for 8 years and will never go back to them forever…
    F U… AT&T…

  8. Anonymous

    02/13/2012 at 3:49 am

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