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Now’s the time to upgrade your AT&T smartphone—here’s why

AT&T is about to hike its fees, but you can still beat the clock.

 

Mike Wehner

Tech

Published Jul 22, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 7:33 am CDT

If you’re an AT&T customer in need of a smartphone upgrade, you’re going to save yourself a good chunk of change if you make your move sooner rather than later. 

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According to a report from the typically reliable carrier sleuths at Droid Life, AT&T is about to make some pretty big changes to its fee structure that will make upgrades far more stressful on your wallet. Here’s what you need to know. 

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As of August 1st, the following changes will be in effect:

  • The activation and upgrade fees for new one-year and two-year contracts will jump from $40 to $45. 
  • AT&T is changing the way its AT&T Next installment plan works, and rather than allowing customers to walk out with a new phone without paying a cent, there will be a new $15 activation fee for each new device. 
  • Customers bringing their own device to AT&T—for example, if a used phone is bought secondhand—will also be charged a new $15 activation fee. 

Wireless providers typically keep these types of changes quiet until the exact moment they are rolled out, for obvious reasons. Droid Life has been a reliable source of carrier leaks in the past, and these changes are certainly in line with the fee-happy wireless carrier culture we’re all familiar with. 

If you’re an AT&T customer and have been putting off an upgrade recently, or have been planning on switching to AT&T from another carrier, you stand to save as much as $20 in fees per line by making your move before the month ticks over. 

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We’ve reached out to AT&T for confirmation or clarification on these fee changes and will provide update if we hear back. 

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*First Published: Jul 22, 2015, 8:08 pm CDT