Carrier On ATT and ordered using apple upgrade. What is this $15/month line access charge?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by richard371, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    So I have to pay $15 a month for this line charge. Should have gone with next.
  2. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

    Sep 30, 2007
    You pay $15 a month with Next also, that's simply so your line can access the data you share.

    It's on there even if you're not financing the phone and you brought your own device.

    So the way your bill works is like this:

    [INSTALLMENT BILLING (if applicable)]
    Total BEFORE taxes and other features / fees
  3. jk4lebron23 macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2010
    it's basically a cheap way for them to make money regardless of what you do
  4. richard371 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    Ok so Next or apple upgrade plan I still get the same charge?
  5. stephen1108 macrumors 65816

    Sep 30, 2007
    Yeah. The only way to avoid it is to not have any lines on your account lol.
  6. seinman macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    Yes, that's how the current att plans work. You pay a base rate plus an access charge per phone.
  7. ecschwarz macrumors 65816


    Jun 28, 2010
    Yep - I take it you're coming from an older plan or a contract? The new ones have different line charges based on the type of device and it basically covers the "cost" of having a phone number and services other than data assigned to the device:

    Tablets and wearables are $10
    Smartphones are $20 on the newest plan, $25 or $15 on prior plans (depending on data size)
    Basic/Messaging phones are $20 (I think this is mostly to penalize people into moving to a smartphone)
    Hotspots and laptops are $20
    Wireless home phone is $20
    Wireless home phone with internet is $30

    Some have the argument that if they buy data, they should be able to use as many devices as they want, but AT&T does have to provision a number for every device and manage that in their system, so there is some overhead. Furthermore, that charge is the voice & text portion of the bill for smartphones (so it makes sense to charge a bit more than an iPad or other tablet)

    If you had an on-contract device, I think AT&T charged $40/month and that basically covered the "line fee" and the cost of paying off the phone subsidy together. Unlike Next and buying outright, you'd normally pay at least $199 up-front for the current model, so Next with line access will be a bit more than the old $40/month charge.

    Verizon does it the same way. T-Mobile has a model more like Cricket where they charge more for the first line and then subsequent ones usually get cheaper, but the grand total every month for service should be fairly close.

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