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AT&T's Upgrade Fee Doubling Starting this Sunday

February 11, 2012
Ok, don’t get to upset. It’s not that much money, AT&T is basically changing their upgrade fee from $18 to $36. Yes it is a 100% increase but it still isn’t all that bad. At least the Early Termination Fee isn’t doubling, now that would be a nightmare since it’s already $350.

Here is what an AT&T Spokeswoman told Android Central regarding the matter:

Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before. And because of that, the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee. This fee isn’t unique to AT&T and this is the first time we’re changing it in nearly 10 years.

I am actually a bit surprised they didn’t decide to keep the $18 charger for feature phones and make the $36 upgrade fee for smartphones, they’ve already seperated the ETF’s that way. So if you have an upgrade coming in the next week or so, you may want to head to AT&T today before the changes go into effect, yeah its only an extra $18 but that’s $18 you could use on something else like maybe a new case or extended battery for your new phone?