Activation Fee Question?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jpbeck76, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. macrumors member


    Jun 15, 2009
    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?

  2. macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2009
    Upgrade fees goes on to your next bill, not paid up front.
  3. macrumors 6502


    Jul 1, 2008
    Freeland, MI
    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.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    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?
  5. macrumors newbie

    Jun 25, 2009
    The upgrade fee is standard, is automatically waived in some cases, and in others you can get it waived.
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2007
    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)
  7. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    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...?
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2009
    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.
  9. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    Well, which wireless phone carrier "doesn't" have an activation fee? :eek::eek::eek:
  10. macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
  11. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 1, 2009
    Northern Virginia, USA
    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?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    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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