$17 upgrade fee

lahaye7

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My contract expires 8/30 with my V1 iPhone. I'm getting antsy to upgrade to 3Gs. Anyway, I was just seeing how much it would cost me to upgrade at this time and they want to charge me this $17 fee. Yes, It's just $17, but I find this annoying. If I wait, will I have to pay this?
 

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An upgrade fee is normal. You'll have to pay it no matter when you upgrade to the 3GS.

The only way to avoid it is if you have a FAN (Foundation Account Number) discount through a company or university who has already agreed with AT&T that upgrade fees will not apply to these accounts. I have not read of many FAN accounts with this arrangement, however.
 

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If I am not mistaken, it has nothing to do with an iPhone. You could upgrade from an LG phone to a Samsung phone and AT&T will still charge you that upgrade fee.

In addition, if you by a subsidized phone, they will charge you sales tax on the full price. For example, the 8GB 3G phone is now $99. Your sales tax will be calculated off the $499 price! That really blows!
 

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The upgrade fee i was told two days ago was 18 and they add that to your bill.

as far as paying the tax on a 99 dollar phone as if it was 499....Never heard of that and if they tried to get me to pay that they would find the iPhone shoved somewhere, sideways.
 

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The upgrade fee i was told two days ago was 18 and they add that to your bill.

as far as paying the tax on a 99 dollar phone as if it was 499....Never heard of that and if they tried to get me to pay that they would find the iPhone shoved somewhere, sideways.
I argued, but to no avail. Maybe it's just a California policy?
 

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That is a CA thing. They charge tax on the full price, not the discounted one. I don't know if any other states do this.

Joe
 

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Must be a CA thing, I paid about 13 bucks in sales tax on my 3GS, which is about right since it's 7% tax on $199.
 

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An upgrade fee is normal. You'll have to pay it no matter when you upgrade to the 3GS.

The only way to avoid it is if you have a FAN (Foundation Account Number) discount through a company or university who has already agreed with AT&T that upgrade fees will not apply to these accounts. I have not read of many FAN accounts with this arrangement, however.
I have a University of Florida FAN (highly appropriate name) discount on the account of 15% and we paid $0 for the upgrade fee. I didn't even realize it until I saw this thread.
 
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AT&T really blows with stuff like that, I mean it's bad enough you're paying hundreds more to get the new phone so they might as well somehow cut the people who keep them in businesss a break! ;)
 

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Definitely a cali thing, but cali has more benefits as it seems all our policies (AT&T) go like this:

"Everyone must xyz, except California"

I think this is because of Hollywood. They figure more $$$, they can pay a little extra in sales tax. I believe the lost or stolen policy states that users have to report it stolen and suspend within a certain amount of time (forget what that is, but it's not long), but California? They can report a lost/stolen phone 6 months later and get the credit back (after an investigation) to their account for usage. I guess they figure Hollywood stars may have 102929028383 phones and may not notice when one is missing.