AT&T More Than Doubles Administrative Fee for Wireless Customers

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    AT&T has raised the amount of the "administrative fee" that it charges many of its 64.5 million wireless customers, a move that will earn the company an additional $800 million in annual revenue.

    The fee hike was first noticed by BTIG Research analyst Walter Piecyk (via CNBC), who pointed out that AT&T has increased its monthly fees by approximately $1.23 in 2018 with two price hikes in April and June. Customers are now paying $1.99 in administrative fees, up from 76 cents last year.


    Approximately 85 percent of AT&T's customers have seen the fee hike, as it applies to all postpaid accounts. Prepaid customers are not required to pay the administrative fee.

    Prior to the doubling of the fee, it hadn't changed much since AT&T introduced it in 2013, going from 61 cents to 76 cents over a period of several years.

    Piecyk speculates that AT&T has increased the fee to offset the debt incurred by its recent $85.4 billion purchase of Time Warner. "Presumably the Administrative Fee is another way to help AT&T fund its network build and Time Warner acquisition going forward," he wrote.

    In a statement to CNBC, however, AT&T said that the fee is standard across the wireless industry: "This is a standard administrative fee across the wireless industry, which helps cover costs we incur for items like cell site maintenance and interconnection between carriers."

    Earlier in June, AT&T also raised the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plans by $5 per month. That plan, which was originally priced at $30, is now $45.

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  2. BC2009, Jun 27, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2018

    BC2009 macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2009
    I got hit with this crap -- called AT&T and complained and the rep said she would do a monthly $10 discount to my bill.

    The rep repeatedly tried to talk about "government taxes and fees" to make it sound like this administrative fee was one of those fees. I had to keep correcting that lie. I told her "we agreed on a monthly price and this is AT&T's way of getting out of that agreement and increasing my price"

    The increase, by the way, is PER LINE -- so if you have a family with 3, 4, or 5 lines or more, you are going to notice this on your bill.

    My comment to the AT&T rep was that I had left Cox Cable after 15 years of being a customer to go with CenturyLink because CenturyLink promised a fixed rate for life. CenturyLink offered Gigabit Fiber in my neighborhood for $85 per month and unlimited data while Cox wanted $150 per month for 300Mbps and unlimited data. I told her that I would do the same with AT&T after being a customer for 20 years unless she did something about this administrative fee.
  3. Ultramove69 macrumors member


    Dec 23, 2017
    Columbus Ohio, USA
    AT&T thanks for the fee hike! I sleep well knowing that i’m working to improve your network. *shakes head*
  4. BootsWalking macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2014
    How about we withhold a portion of our total bill as a "customer patronage fee", a fee payable by AT&T for the privilege of having us as a customer.
  5. ignatius345 macrumors 68020

    Aug 20, 2015
    I'd laugh, but I'm sure my Verizon bill is loaded with crap like this too.
  6. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Ah yes, the "Give us more money" fee. Super shady and shouldn't be allowed.
  7. zea mays macrumors 6502a

    zea mays

    Feb 10, 2007
    I just got my bill yesterday and noticed this. We'll be switching to the T Mobile ONE Military plan come iPhone announcement time.
  8. elvisimprsntr, Jun 27, 2018
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2018

    elvisimprsntr macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2013
  9. Art Mark macrumors regular

    Art Mark

    Jan 6, 2010
    Sooner or later people will get a handle on these jerks. What they are milking out of the system has nothing to do with improving the infrastructure, providing better service or even more service. It's short term payola. Providing no additional value beyond a tower. They could at least be honest and stop telling us how hard they are working 'for us' and just shut-up about it all. Ugh...
  10. iMi macrumors 65816


    Sep 13, 2014
    Why I will never again buy service from the Death Star... or Verizon for that matter. They are greedy and evil.
  11. Laird Knox macrumors 68000

    Jun 18, 2010
    Same thing as a resort fee or a bag fee. Soon they will be advertising a $5 a month plan but the fees will put it over $100. Then telling us they improved the industry because they brought plan prices down to $5 a month.
  12. dynamojoe macrumors member


    Mar 31, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I voted with my wallet a few years ago and switched to T-Mo (it's a solid service in my area but it's probably not an option for rural folks). I'm still happy with the service and T-Mo seems to like having happy customers.
  13. mi7chy macrumors 603


    Oct 24, 2014
    Easy solution. Dump both AT&T and Verizon. They're both evil.
  14. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    "I find your lack of faith disturbing."
  15. GermanSuplex macrumors 6502a


    Aug 26, 2009
    Second only to Comcast on the list of worst companies I’ve dealt with.

    This is the company that gave bonuses to employees, then laid off thousands and are now hiking fees. Sorry, those tax cuts aren’t working so well. Of course, they don’t need that money. But why not charge it anyway?
  16. EdT macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Most U.S. citizens have voted to dismantle the health, safety and consumer functions for decades, under both Republican and Democratic leadership. Those protections had been installed because from the turn of the 20th century on businesses took advantage of people whenever they could and at least initially there were no laws to stop them. Even the recession of 2008 there was out and out fraud, which is a criminal offense, by banks AND regulators and the total number of people charged was zero.

    It may not be how you personally chose who went to city, state and federal offices but as a group we are getting what we voted for.
  17. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    In my opinion, consumers of cellular companies need to work to get a law enacted, that prevents the cellular provider from raising any administrative fees during the calendar year. If the company wishes to raise the administrative (and other hidden junk fees) for the next calendar year, the company must provide notice to the customer two months in advance. And if the customer does not discontinue the plan or service for said line(s), that will be consent for the company to lawfully charge said fees.
  18. Moi Ici macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    I’ve been paying these guys nearly $300 per month for years. This will be my last month with them! T-Mo are more than adequate at this point and far cheaper.
  19. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    TMobile! $30 per line. FLAT! What's even sweeter is they're still not charging me after the three free months for an Apple watch I have on the account.
  20. EdT macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2007
    Omaha, NE
    Won't happen. Government oversight and regulation of businesses is being gutted, not reinforced.
  21. Kaibelf macrumors 68020


    Apr 29, 2009
    Silicon Valley, CA
    Well thank goodness for that huge tax cut they got.... eh?
  22. blodyholy macrumors member


    Dec 5, 2012
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  23. rediffusion macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2006
    Fairfield, CT
    How do you become a pre-paid customer? What does it entail?
  24. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    "This is a standard administrative fee across the wireless industry, which helps cover costs we incur for items like cell site maintenance and interconnection between carriers."

    LOL. What's next? A fee to maintain AT&T's wireless industry lobbying group?
  25. 69Mustang macrumors 604


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    I gotta be honest, this information is quite shocking to me. After all, it's AT&T. One of the most forthright and honest companies I've had the pleasure of dealing with in my lifetime. Even though this is shocking, I'm fairly certain the fee increases are justified. AT&T wouldn't arbitrarily and unnecessarily gouge customers. It's just not in their corporate DNA. For those who would complain, I'd say hold off on that. I'm sure AT&T has our best interest at heart with the fee increases. They have always and will always continue to put customers above all else.

    *outgoing text sent*
    I posted to MR. I've done what you asked.

    *incoming text received*
    We will release your kids now. Thank you for your cooperation.

    *outgoing text sent*
    You can keep the youngest. It's really for the best. The wife and I will make another. We'll try to get it right this time.


    *incoming text received*
    Please take back. Will do anything!!!!

    *outgoing text sent*
    New phone. Who dis?

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