ATT one time activation fee

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CeeP, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. CeeP macrumors member

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    Hey guys,
    I preordered my iphone through apple and got it on the launch day. I was under the impression when I bought the phone, I also paid for the activation fee and I believe the upgrade fee as well? I looked at my bill from when I bought the phone and my grand total was $251.42: 199.99 for the phone and the rest taxes.
    Now unless there was a ~25% tax charge on the phone, it appears that I paid for something else as well. On my bill this month, I was charged for the activation fee, but did I pay for it when I bought my phone?

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Look at your sales receipt. If you paid you would know.
     
  3. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    When I paid for my iPhone at the Apple Store, I was not charged an activation fee. Haven't checked my AT&T bill yet though... :confused:
     
  4. bytethese macrumors 68030

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    What did AT&T tell you when you called them about this?
     
  5. CeeP thread starter macrumors member

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    Said to call apple. Rep didn't seem to be very knowledgeable. Did anyone else preorder through apple? Surely there wasn't 52 dollars of taxes on a 200 dollar purchase. I remember the 18 activation fee being brought up in the process but now I'm not sure what fees I paid on top of the price of the phone.

    thanks
     
  6. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    What state do you live in? Some states require you to pay sales tax on the unsubsidized price.
     
  7. CeeP thread starter macrumors member

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    CA. Maybe you're right. Just wish someone else who preordered would chime in because I remember the fee being mentioned and thought I paid for it, but it apprears not.

     
  8. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    California requires you to pay sales tax on the full amount ($599) of the phone, so that will account for some of the extra. So if your sales tax is about 9% then that could be about $50.
     
  9. arykmax macrumors regular

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    Bingo. CA sales tax is the culprit.
     
  10. CeeP thread starter macrumors member

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    sounds about right. thanks.
     
  11. musicman0725 macrumors member

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    The price you paid doesn't include an activation fee. That will be a part of your first monthly bill (as you've discovered). When i purchased an iphone 3gs for my wife and I (at an apple store), I was told by the sales rep that the $18 upgrade fee would be waived on the first line but that if I called in I could probably get the fee waived for the second line.

    After I looked at my charges I noticed I was charged an $18 upgrade fee for both lines, so I called in and told the rep that the sales rep had suggested I call in for the $18 upgrade fee to be waived. Without asking me any questions, the rep said so basically a $40 credit which she then applied to my account.

    I would definitely suggest calling AT&T and letting them know you want the fee to be waived. I don't think they'll give you a hard time at all (in fact my cousin who works for radioshack said that AT&T allows them to waive the activation fees and upgrade fees all the time for their customers).
     

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