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Old Jun 26, 2009, 09:54 PM   #1
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Question Activation Fee Question?

Still a newbie here so don't blast me....

I'm going to be getting my first iPhone in the next couple of weeks. If I were to get it at the Apple Store, would I need to pay the $18.00 Activation Fee at that time or would it be like when I normally upgrade through ATT in that they just add it to my cell bill?

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Old Jun 26, 2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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Still a newbie here so don't blast me....

I'm going to be getting my first iPhone in the next couple of weeks. If I were to get it at the Apple Store, would I need to pay the $18.00 Activation Fee at that time or would it be like when I normally upgrade through ATT in that they just add it to my cell bill?

Upgrade fees goes on to your next bill, not paid up front.
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Old Jun 26, 2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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iPhone activation fee is $36.00 with a new account.
It is added to your next bill. Just remember though if you are a new customer, you get prorated and billed twice on the first bill. After that you get a regular bill cycle.
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Old Jun 26, 2009, 10:04 PM   #4
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What about the $18 upgrade fee?

I had a 2G/Edge for 2 years (bought on launch day) and the contract should have been up when I got my 3GS on Sunday. Do I have to pay the $18 upgrade fee? I got an e-mail from AT&T showing the charge on my account. WTF?
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Old Jun 26, 2009, 10:07 PM   #5
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The upgrade fee is standard, is automatically waived in some cases, and in others you can get it waived.
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 02:28 AM   #6
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upgrade fee is the standard $18, theres no way of getting out of it unless you have a special offer on your account (only in cases where the account hasnt been upgraded in a very long time)
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Old Jun 27, 2009, 02:34 AM   #7
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iPhone activation fee is $36.00 with a new account.
It is added to your next bill. Just remember though if you are a new customer, you get prorated and billed twice on the first bill. After that you get a regular bill cycle.
Billed twice?

Hmm... how much money should I have prepared if am going to be buying
a 16 gig iphone with 450 minutes and unlimited texting?

I know the phone is $199 plus the bill of about $100. Should I have $300 ready? But how much is the activation...?
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iPhone activation fee is $36.00 with a new account.
It is added to your next bill. Just remember though if you are a new customer, you get prorated and billed twice on the first bill. After that you get a regular bill cycle.
I really don't understand that $36 activation fee for new comers. If you want others to switch party and join you, why create an entrance barrier?? How much does it cost AT&T to activate a new account?? Even if it costs some, AT&T shouldn't charge it. AT&T will make plenty of money from any new account. Why the barrier??? Verizon doesn't charge it.
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Well, which wireless phone carrier "doesn't" have an activation fee?
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Billed twice?

Hmm... how much money should I have prepared if am going to be buying
a 16 gig iphone with 450 minutes and unlimited texting?

I know the phone is $199 plus the bill of about $100. Should I have $300 ready? But how much is the activation...?
In the Apple store, you pay for the phone.

Your AT&T invoice (the first one) will have the next month, and the pro-rate for the partial month. I just ported from Verizon, and my first invoice (up to 7/21, it's online already) has two days of the 'prior month' and the 6/21-7/21 charges. You aren't billed 'twice' but you need to 'catch up', which means paying for the partial month. After that, your invoice is one month, of course.

That make sense?
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Old Jun 29, 2009, 01:59 AM   #11
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In the Apple store, you pay for the phone.

Your AT&T invoice (the first one) will have the next month, and the pro-rate for the partial month. I just ported from Verizon, and my first invoice (up to 7/21, it's online already) has two days of the 'prior month' and the 6/21-7/21 charges. You aren't billed 'twice' but you need to 'catch up', which means paying for the partial month. After that, your invoice is one month, of course.

That make sense?
Hmm for me it just seems like the one month started the day I got service... Like, the cycle restarts the 29th.
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