AT&T ups early upgrade fees for Android smartphones and more

April 5, 2011
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If you are an AT&T customer that is ready for a new handset and aren’t eligible for a new 2-year upgrade and a full discount on a new device things are getting more expensive for you. AT&T is upping the early upgrade fee for many popular smartphones on its network including Android devices like the Atrix 4G.

BGR reports that AT&T has confirmed to it that the upgrade fees are being increased by $50 for a customer that upgrades to a new smartphone but isn’t eligible for the fully discounted offering. The upgrade fee increase will apply to all Android devices, the iPhone, and Windows Phones.

At the same time, the prices for the devices on a 1-year contract are increased by $150. AT&T notes that only people that don’t want a contract or who aren’t eligible for a new device are affected by the deal.

[via BGR]


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  • Eric

    Thinking about getting a phone through ATT? If you do, you will regret it!

  • Ural

    This is the reason why Att s merger with Tmobile should be scrapped. Att business practices of gouging its customers everyway they can.

    They do so to all their current customers, and they flat out lie when they say prices would go done with the merger.

    To any previous customers that didnt belong to ATT, habe your prices ever gone down since ATT took over? Has your service ever improved?

    • Anonymous

      Sorry about the typo earlier. Swype has its drawbacks and the worst one, is that it replaces words for you. Habe should have been Have.

  • Ural

    This is the reason why Att s merger with Tmobile should be scrapped. Att business practices of gouging its customers everyway they can.

    They do so to all their current customers, and they flat out lie when they say prices would go done with the merger.

    To any previous customers that didnt belong to ATT, habe your prices ever gone down since ATT took over? Has your service ever improved?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K3MVOVHEK4AZY777NI5KWHGL5U David Jenkins

    It is time for the carriers to get out of the handset business altogether. Just PROVIDE A GREAT NETWORK and focus on that only.

  • Eric

    Does anyone wonder what ATT’s subscriber rate would be had Apple taken its IPhone elsewhere 4 years ago? They certainly didnt get where they are by taking care of their customers. We can only hope that the officials responsible for approving or axing the TMo acquisition are smart enough to put the kabosh on this deal and sooner than later. If the deal goes through we will ALL be paying more and more for our cell service.

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

    Greedy bastards.

  • Michael S Yatsko

    So my iPhone 4 was recently destroyed, is it possible for me to buy the Samsung galaxy s2 or htc
    Vivid before my upgrade date in September 2013? Even if it cost 50$ does this mean that I don’t have to pay full price of phone and can buy phone and them pay 50& to haves data and plan put on phone? Thanks

    • CDE

      I have the same question. This article doesn’t clarify a lot of things. I, too would like to get a new phone before my upgrade on early 2013.