AT&T Activation Fee..

iPhoneFan10

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When I placed the orders for my three iPhone 5s, the Apple app told me that I would have to pay $36 to activate each iPhone 5 through AT&T.

Did this fee increase over previous years? I don't remember it being so high? Does anyone remember the AT&T fee for the 4S and 4?

It's gonna cost me $108 for all three phones just to activate by the press of a computer keyboard.. Sheesh!
 

llrickman

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It seems like in the past the fee was $18 and i have always been able to have att waive the fee . But im not so sure this time if they will
 

iPhoneFan10

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I thought I recalled the fee being $18 but I wasn't sure.. They've never waived it for me..
 

RoofMonkey

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They did double it not too terribly long ago. Found out the hard way myself.
 

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I never knew verizon had an activation fee till iday..... $30.00 to upgrade...rip offs....lol


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iphone1027

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I noticed that as well... $36 for an "activation fee?"
I'm probably going to call and "try" to get it reduced or removed. I'm hoping they'll help out since I'm a businesss customer. Fingers crossed.
 

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36 is the industry standard now on activation fees.
Good luck getting them waived. FCC cracking down on that. They are mandatory. Every time a device is activated for the first time it has to be registered with a lot of places for the 911 call purposes.
 

cliffeman

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My activation fee used to be waived since that was one of the deals that was part of my corp discount. Since it was increased to $36, I've had to pay that now. :mad:
 

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I used $18 for my iPhone 4S,money is the ultimate measure.
 

djwindsor

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I find it hard to believe that fee is mandated by the FCC. Those costs should be borne by the carrier. I've read that carriers are charging this fee to recoup some of the subsidized cost of the phone. If it was mandated by the FCC, the fees would be uniform across all carriers. Furthermore, prepaid phones don't have an activation fee. My guess is that it is pure profit.
 

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My activation fee used to be waived since that was one of the deals that was part of my corp discount. Since it was increased to $36, I've had to pay that now. :mad:
Some discounts still waive it. Meaning your employer pays it. That's how discounts work.

Pre paid phones also can't make 911 calls at all times. Any carrier phone can make a 911 call at anytime. Regardless of being on a plan or not. That's because of the activation fee. But hey what do I know.
 

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If it is FCC mandated, how can it be different fees on different carriers? Something doesn't sound quite right. But then again it never does when the government is involved.


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Docd

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It's. It mandated by the FCC. It is strictly a fee it is strictly a fee that carriers charge to help recoup the cost of phones. If it was about 911 calls why would they charge one for my iPad can't make 911 calls from it. It was just raised back in April, I believe, to help slow people from upgrading phones so much. It is required by the FCC that all phones (contract or pre-pay) be able to make 911 calls don't matter if they have mins or not or even turned off for non payment.
 

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I'll make sure I ask my brothers uncles cousin about it that works at corporate.