AT&T Rep: $18 Fee to upgrade even for current iPhone owners

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pedroistheman, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. pedroistheman macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2007
    So I emailed AT&T a few days ago regarding 3G upgrading and needless to say, they DID NOT answer my question. However, they did leak a little hint that I don't think anyone has heard: there will be an $18 fee to upgrade even if you are a qualified 2G iPhone owner. Read on... (btw, i only scanned this quickly, let me know if anything else catches your eye---the rest seemed like the same old BS to me)

    Dear Mr. ****,

    Thank you for taking the time to e-mail the new AT&T in regards to
    upgrading to the iPhone 3G device. I am able to help you with your

    AT&T and Apple announced that the 3G iPhone will be available in the US
    on July 11. 2008. 3G iPhone combines three products into one small,
    lightweight device: a revolutionary mobile phone, a widescreen iPod, and
    it puts the Internet in your pocket with the best email, web browsing,
    search and Maps applications ever on a mobile phone.

    There will be 2 3G devices available. The models available are the 8
    gigabyte model will be $199 and the 16 gigabyte model will be $299.

    The new version of the iPhone harnesses the power of AT&T's broad and
    powerful 3G mobile broadband network, which offers 3G mobile phones
    download speeds of up to 1.4 Mbps.

    All 3G iPhone customers are required to have one of the new data plans
    and qualifying voice plan. Customers intending to use the 3G iPhone for
    access to corporate email, business applications or access to corporate
    intranet are required to activate with Enterprise Data Plan for iPhone.

    The 2G data rate plans will remain available for 2G devices until
    further notice. Data pricing will be as follows:

    Consumer Data Plan (must be added to qualified Voice plan):
    $30 - Unlimited Data (Email/Web), includes Visual Voicemail

    Enterprise Data Plan (must be added to qualified Voice plan):
    $45 - Unlimited Data with personal and Corporate Email, Web, includes
    Visual Voicemail

    Upgrade eligibility will be determined based on standard upgrade
    eligibility rules. Customers must be upgrade eligible to receive the
    qualified upgrade pricing. However, not all customers will be qualified
    upgrades. AT&T has not determined the price of the 3G device for
    non-qualified upgrades. All customers will be required to sign a 2 year
    agreement. When the 3G device launches, all active postpaid customers in
    good standing with a 2G iPhone will be eligible to receive the qualified
    upgrade pricing for a 3G device regardless of service tenure. You will
    be billed a one time upgrade fee of $18.00.

    You can find out more information at You can also
    locate this information at and select iPhone 3G on
    the right had side of webpage right below my shopping cart.

    AT&T Company owned stores and Apple stores are the only sales channels
    that will sell the 3G iPhone at launch. The 3G iPhone will not be
    available at,, and sales, Local Dealers, National
    Retailers or National Dealers.

    The link to our Store Locator is
    You can also access the store locator online at the AT&T website at by selecting the Find a Store link on the upper
    right hand corner of the screen.

    We appreciate your interest in the new 3G iPhone. Please be advised, a
    store agent will be able to view your account information.

    You can call customer service at 1-800-331-0500 or by sending us another
    email via the contact link through your online account. To send your
    request via email, please follow these steps:

    1. Log in to your "My Wireless" page on
    2. Click on contact us, which is located by the search link on the top
    right hand corner of page
    3. Scroll down to bottom and select the link to email us.
    4. Follow prompts to send us an email.

    AT&T Online Customer Care is unable to assist with email requests unless
    these requests are submitted via the My Wireless section of If you follow these steps to email us, this will make
    sure your email was submitted properly and that you will get a response
    to your question.

    We are here to assist you. I encourage you to visit us at often to view your monthly account statements, make
    payments and shop for new products and services. Thanks for choosing the
    New AT&T as your wireless provider for many years. We greatly appreciate
    the opportunity to serve you. Please let us know if we can assist you in
    any other way, and thank you for choosing the new AT&T.


    Shavonne Lewis
    Online Customer Care Professional

    Help AT&T improve our service to you! Please complete our short survey
    about your e-mail Customer Service experience. Click on:

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    Original Message Follows:
    Contact and Verification Information
    First Name: *****
    Last Name: ****
    Wireless Number: **********
    E-mail Address: *******************
    Topic: I have another question about my phone
    Subtopic: No subtopic 2 available

    Additional Information

    Q1:Enter the wireless number associated with the account you're
    inquiring about

    Q2:What is the make and model of the phone you're asking about?
    A2:Apple iPhone 8 GB

    Q3:please enter your phone question below:
    A3:To whom it may concern:

    I am planning on upgrading to the new 3G iphone on July 11. I know that
    I qualify for the $200 price cut as a current iPhone customer. This is
    great news, only I ask what evidence I will need to have with me on July
    11 to certify myself as a genuine current iPhone user. Can't the store
    access my account and see that I'm currently on the iPhone plan? I
    probably won't have my iPhone on hand, so should I go to an AT&T store
    rather than apple on the 11th so they can review the account? Please
    get back to me as soon as possible so I can figure this out and know
    what I need to bring with me and where I should go.

    Your help is always appreciated.

    ****** ****
  2. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    I'm pretty sure they can verify that you're using an iPhone. The fact that you have an iPhone plan may be the trigger for the system to flag your elgible. I don't mind the $18 upgrade fee as this is now standard with all carriers with upgrading.
  3. cWeems macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2008
    yea we can see what serial number you are using then it tells us what phone it is
  4. TXCraig macrumors 6502a


    Jul 2, 2007
    Houston, TX
    It took more then 18.00 worth of time to type that email out! Is the 18.00 going to kill you? Are you that poor?

    Why don't you wait till the phone is released to find out the answers to your questions as the min wage India call center people don't know anymore about the phone then you do! Wait, Wait, Wait... it will all become clear...
  5. atszyman macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2003
    The Dallas 'burbs
    Didn't they used to classify that as an $18 activation fee? I've been charged this fee for every phone I've ever purchased or upgraded. It's nothing new.
  6. yode macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2007
    Los Angeles
  7. timimbo85 macrumors regular


    Feb 12, 2008
    daaaahahahahha your thread isn't as cool as you wanted it to be. 18 dollar boyyyyy

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