Whenever you buy an on-contract device from a carrier, you’re expected to pay an activation fee on top of the money you pay for the product itself. At AT&T, this used to be a $36 fee, but it was raised to $40 on June 8. Whether you feel it is just for them to charge this fee just for activating your device isn’t really the point, though feel free to speak your mind in the comments.
This increase raises AT&T’s upgrade fee above all other carriers in the US. Part of the reason for this is to push people onto the AT&T Next program. But if you want to stick with the regular plans, you’ll have to pay $4 extra for each upgrade now.
This doesn’t sound like a big deal, but considering how expensive AT&T is in general, it’s a little disappointing that the company is trying to charge its customers even more. I guess this is exactly why people are switching to T-Mobile lately. What do you think of this more expensive fee? Leave a comment!