When are we charged the $18 and can I get it waived because...

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by orange42, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. orange42 macrumors 6502a

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    my dad pays for our family phone bill and it usually ranges $400-$700 depending on usage. That's a **** load of money to be paying AT&T so I'm wondering if I preorder from Apple to have my phone shipped to my work, then activate it myself, when are we charged the $18? And can I make a claim to get that waived based on our huge monthly bill?
     
  2. Tara Luvs Apple macrumors 6502a

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    The fee is added to the phone bill. Therefore, you will not pay it until your next bill needs to be paid.

    I am not sure that you can get it waived, but you can try. That fee is their money maker since there is no point to it.
     
  3. appleguy123 macrumors 603

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    Can I ask what options you have to get a $700 bill?
     
  4. orange42 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    We have 4 iPhones and 1 regular on our family plan. I think 3000 minutes, unlimited messaging, and there were 4 $30 data plans but I just switched them online to the $15 ones because the 4 of us barely go over 200mb, if ever at all. My dad was out of the country for a few weeks so he must have gotten it run up much higher than normal.
     
  5. Tara Luvs Apple macrumors 6502a

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    If I were you, I would have waited to switch the data plans until after the new iPhone came out. :eek:
     
  6. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    Buy it in-store, and when they mention the fee, just say "Wow, that's a lot, never mind." and start to walk out. :D;)
     
  7. goobot macrumors 603

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    Does anyone know why some are getting it wavied and others are not?
     
  8. orange42 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought about it, but I'm the only one getting the new phone and I usually use an average of like 60mb of data since I'm almost always on wifi. Why do you think it will use much more data on it?
     
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    FAN? Also, some have full upgrades and some early upgrades.
     
  10. Bloake macrumors 6502

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    I think the fee is for pushing up your eligibility rate. I think of it as AT&T's "convenience" fee... If you're one of the folks whose contract won't end when you buy the iPhone (but will end sometime in 2010) you'll get the fee.
     
  11. jdusoccer12 macrumors regular

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    I have been upgrade eligible since 4/22/10 and I still have to pay the fee, so I don't think that is the reason but I wish it was.
     
  12. Bloake macrumors 6502

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    I stand corrected. Thanks.
     
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    thats a lot, dont you guys have roll over minutes?
     
  15. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    I know! Can't you just get unlimited EVERYTHING (calling, texting, previously data, roaming, whatever else you can come up with) for 5 lines for less than $700 a month? Your dad seems like the kinda person who will spend ridiculous amounts of money just so he doesn't have to optimize the plan to save hundreds a month lol (I always envy those kind of people...).
     
  16. Tara Luvs Apple macrumors 6502a

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    The fee has always been there,even when the iPhone was not around. It is just a feee that they charge. Just like you sign up, they charge you a $36 activation fee. Since you are not new, they can not charge you that same fee, so they cut it in half.

    My husband and I are on a family plan with our contract ending soon. There is no discount on the account, and I can get the fee waived, but not him. However, the fee waived on the website does not pertain to the iPhone.
     
  17. orange42 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    The bill is generally around $400 I think, not $700. I think (hope) that was just the one time thing from being out of the country. And yes we have weekend and rollover minutes.

    Maybe the actual bill wasn't $700 actually but we currently owe $700? Does that make sense?
     
  18. Tara Luvs Apple macrumors 6502a

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    It does if payment is behind! :eek:
     
  19. Hellishness macrumors 65816

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    That makes sense...but since I am really honestly curious, can you tell me how in hell you manage to spend $400 a month on 5 lines??

    3 additional lines-$30
    family unlimited texting-$30
    4 data plans-$60
    3000 nation+canada minutes-$170

    That's all I can think of, for $290. What did I miss that adds up to $110? Maybe $40 for taxes and such...
     
  20. orange42 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'd say taxes and the former data plans at $30 a month. I just switched it the other day to the $15 one.
     

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