Yay! AT&T is raising upgrade/activation fees for NEXT, BYOD, & 2-yr contract customers on Aug 1st!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Hal~9000, Jul 21, 2015.

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Do you think AT&T are greedy slimeballs?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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    7.5%
  1. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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  2. Hal~9000, Jul 21, 2015
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    Hal~9000 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    #3
    Jessica instead of being calm and level-headed I need MOAR crazy mob hatred and overreaction please! :p

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  3. Jessica Lares, Jul 21, 2015
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    Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #4
    OMG!!!! Now I won't be able to afford that skinny caramel latte I was going to buy after getting my hands on the rose gold 128GB iPhone 6S Plus!!!!

    Just kidding...

    Lattes are so overrated, it's all about that extra strong black coffee!

    :p
     
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    After using AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon I find AT&T my clear choice. It's personal preference, none are "bargains" but AT&T serves my needs best. Great service, connectivity, a very accurate mobile app, and they've consistently provided a cash credit above and beyond when they've made a mistake. I pay Apples premium pricing, AT&T's no different.
     
  5. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    Yes.

    Especially when it was $18 to upgrade. Than $36. Than $40. Now $45.

    All within the past 24-30 months.

    That's almost a 300% jacking up of fees to upgrade.

    And remember ATT's next advertising. "No activation fee".

    Just a load of crap.

    I hope there is enough backlash on this. Like when Verizon tried to sneak a $2 payment fee even with web credit card payment. Verizon got hosed in the media and quickly retreated.
     
  6. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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    #7
    Same here.

    I'm just happy that over the years the initial cost has gotten cheaper for me. My 8 GB iPhone 2G cost me $399, my 16 GB iPhone 4 $199, and my 64 GB iPhone 5S $70.

    Tacking on a tax doesn't bother me at all. It's no different to the cost of food/living.

    But I'm also the kind of person who keeps their devices until they break. I'm just boring like that.
     
  7. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Oh well, just going to call and get it waived like I've done the last 10 years now.
     
  8. imlynxy macrumors 65816

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    t-mo has vowifi, nation volte, free Canada and Mexico, 120 countries free 2g internet and sms, 20 cents minute. Att has pay-per-upgrade. Fare, very fare!
     
  9. goobot macrumors 603

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    They have been a hassle in regards to that recently tho.
     
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  11. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    Yeah I've def noticed. Sometimes ya gotta call twice or do the chat option but it has never failed me.....yet.
     
  12. Applejuiced, Jul 21, 2015
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    Love how some of you are making excuses for them and act like its ok to keep paying more money for a nonsense fee such as this.
    I order my phone, it arrives to my home and I plug it to itunes and activate it myself within minutes. But I have to pay AT&T $45 for what?
    Of Course they are greedy slimeballs.
    Am I reading this right? They will also charge you $15 if you bring your own device? So you buy a used iphone and want to use it on your account they will charge you even though you signed no contract or used a next plan with them? WTF kinda scam is that? They're coming up with more ways to nickel and dime their customers.
    With 4 lines on my account that's $180. If the retentions dept wont waive those fee's I'd waive goodbye to them.
     
  13. bushman4 macrumors 68000

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    Wait till iPhone 6S time and Apple stores don't offer renewals of 2 year contracts only AT&T stores, thats when you'll see Kaos galore. Because we all know that ATT stores aren't getting serious stock for at least a month. Many people want their iPhone 6S or 6S plus at launch not a month later.
     
  14. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    That's going to be lots of fun.
    All the crying and complaining :D
     
  15. Hal~9000, Jul 22, 2015
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    AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson to customers:

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  16. Rayfire macrumors 68020

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    Wow, those fee changes sure are getting out of control.. gotta decide with your wallet folks
     
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    That pisses me off because one of the big selling points for next was no BS activation fee.

    What the hell are they activating exactly?
     
  19. TheAppleFairy macrumors 68020

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    Why settle for $3.2b profit, when we could aim for $4b.

    In all seriousness I am happy that AT&T has started off contract pricing (with and/or without NEXT). I have never been a fan of activation fee, especially when all it is is a sim card, and often it can just be taken from an old phone and put in new (unless sometimes a newer version of the sim is required for some features). I know there is some material cost of a sim and some minor labor cost for an employee or two for new lines. Personally I think a standard $5 or $10 should cover it and then some.
     
  20. Ludatyk macrumors 65816

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    It's just another way to create some sort revenue for them pegging it as "Administrative & other Cost."

    I cannot wait until T-Mobile gets ahold of this and put them on their heels again. But I'll be sure to get this waved...
     
  21. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

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    Wait, you mean you can no longer buy AT&T iPhones at Apple Stores that are under a 2-year contract? Apple's systems will just charge you the full price (even though you are eligible for an upgrade)?

    And does AT&T stores really not get the newest models of the iPhone for a month? Heard launch day was one of the best to get models from their stores, actually. If so, what are my options? I'm on a 5 and will be halfway eligible by September/October, and definitely want to get the 6s (even though I'd only be getting a partial discount).
     
  22. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    Really hope Apple releases factory unlocked, SIM-free iPhones from the get go. I'm guessing doing a SIM-swap yourself would bypass the unnecessary $15 fee.

    AT&T is not paying Apple full MSRP for their devices so they're already making money off device sales via Next. Based on ASPs from SEC filings, carriers are likely getting $100+ discount off MSRP. At $100 discount for an iPhone 6 16GB, that's the equivalent of ~9% APY (or 18% for the 2 years). Tacking on an additional $15 fee for Next/BYOD activations and upgrades is just plain annoying.
     
  23. ssgbryan macrumors 6502

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    #24
    There is a reason for the cash credit.

    When they wrote their billing software - they never did put in any code that would allow them to correct a mistake on the part of ATT - just the customer.

    That is what the lowest bidder gets you.....
     
  24. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    They do, its called the Verizon model.
     

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