Carrier AT&T activation fee for unlocked? What?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Brien, Sep 8, 2016.

  1. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    I'm still on a grandfathered unlimited plan, but since AT&T no longer offers subsidies I have to pay full price. I understand this... but it looks like even if I buy the phone outright through Apple, AT&T still charges a $20 activation fee?

    What's to stop me from just putting the SIM from my current iPhone in the new one?
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000


    Sep 13, 2014
    You sound surprised like you didn't already know AT&T is a greedy POS company that would sell its grandma to the flesh trade if it would bring back a dollar ;)

    Of COURSE they will try anything they can to rip off their customers for further profits. Apparently 3 billion in profit per quarter isn't enough :rolleyes:

    Simply call up and tell them demand the activation fee waived due to its ludicrousness. People have already don't that for years with the $45 one.
  3. james92se macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    Nothing at all. I do this every year on AT&T - just swap in my current SIM.

    Although I'm not sure if that gets you out of the activation fee. Can't remember at all if I got charged one two years ago when I got my 6 Plus.
  4. whyamihere macrumors 6502


    Jun 30, 2008
    I was worried about this when I bought my iPhone 6 and 6s full price. I never got a charge from them. Simply take the SIM out of the phone that you receive and put your current SIM in and then activate it. It's unlocked and there's no activation fee.
  5. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    the fee is $20? i thought it was $45 when i got my iP6 on launch day. I also got the fee waived. they tried to give me their BS on what goes into the activation process i told them to save it. got my money back as a "courtesy" and "long time customer".
  6. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
  7. DrewDaHilp1 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2009
    All Your Memes Are Belong to US
    It doesn't, they still charge you. I do this every year. They literally do nothing and charge you for it.
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    I think it's $40-45.

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