Yikes..$406.00 phone bill

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 262Runnr, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. 262Runnr macrumors regular

    262Runnr

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    I called AT&T to ask for an explaination - and there's alway a myriad of avenues that they take you down to explain the bill but basically it was $406. - WOW
    I'm wondering if I should take out a home equity loan to pay it.
    No wonder this business is such a cash cow...

    That includes 2 iPHones and 1 Blackberry Curve...next month should be around $200.00 -
     
  2. iParis macrumors 68040

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    Well it's not like it doesn't make sense, especially if you went over on all three phones.
    I would feel worse if it was like just one iPhone with a bill of $406.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah. I think you (OP) saw too many threads of people being mischarged for data services and the like. You have three smartphones, presumably all of which have data plans. You presumably knew that your monthly plan would be around $200... and as has been explained, AT&T charges a partial month plus the first full postpaid month on their first bill as their SOP.

    So... this thread title is false advertising. :p
     
  4. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Ya honesty ... three smart phones and your bill's $400? Big deal.

    And next month is going to be two hundred bucks?? For 3 data phones? What are you complaining about?
     
  5. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    First month bill I assume? If so, nothing unusual about that, activation fees, pro-rated month and full month service for the devices.
     
  6. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    3 "smartphone phones" assuming $30 data for each so that makes it at least $90 for the data per month. Add at least around $100 for your family talk plan (assuming you got the 89.99 1400 minute plan plus added the third line). That's $190 right off the bat. I'm not even including text messaging plans.

    Now add in activation fees and pro-rated charges for being a new customer and than add the pesky 10-20% cell phones misc. taxes.

    So $400 for the first month's bill sounds just about right.
     
  7. vilasgn macrumors regular

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    This is the reason why there is credit crunch, housing collapse in America. Think before your buy, not think after buying.
     
  8. munckee macrumors 65816

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    I was pretty shocked to find that my first bill was $200. But reading through it revealed that it was for 6 weeks of service (2 weeks prorated and the upcoming month) plus activation, etc. Seemed to make sense after reading it, but still more than I expected.
     
  9. mcflirty99 macrumors member

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    please someonebody explain more about these fees and if there are more
     
  10. PNutts macrumors 601

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  11. PNutts macrumors 601

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    They are probably the same fees that AT&T described to me in detail when I purchased/activated my phone. You might want to call your carrier to get clarification specific to your bill (or just as an FYI if you don't have a contract).
     
  12. halo211 macrumors newbie

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    duplicate text msg charges

    for those who transferred to AT&T shortly after the launch date, pay careful attention to your second billing statement. my first bill was accurate and what i expected. the second bill immediately raised red flags when i saw it. for some unknown reason (according to the rep i spoke to), there were roughly 750 messages from the last billing period that were carried over to the current period. as a result, my text msgs exceeded the 1500 limit and overage charges were applied. i called at&t and they quickly credited my account without any hassles. just wanted to throw this out there ...
     
  13. mavis macrumors 68040

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 3G (16GB, 2.0.2 JB'd): Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_0_2 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5C1 Safari/525.20)

    Seriously. I got $200-300 /month bills for YEARS - and that was just for ONE phone, not even a smartphone at that. Now I'm down to about $100 a month for my iPhone 3G (that doesn't include any calling time, or nights/weekends) but I'm thrilled - at this price, it's a steal! :)



    You guys back in the States are pretty spoiled, I'd say.
     
  14. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    My normal AT&T bill is $190 a month for an iPhone 3G and a Laptop connect card. For three smart phones your first bill being a little over four hundred doesn't seem to bad imo.
     
  15. cyclingplatypus macrumors 6502a

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    The fees are (in addition to service and data):

    Activation
    Text Package (if you have any)
    Taxes

    Usually your first bill is any time you had before the new billing cycle started (prorated) plus the first full month of complete service. Where as subsequent bills are just for the next month of service.
     

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