Tuesday, April 05, 2011

AT&T bumps up smartphone early upgrade fees

Last year, AT&T was pretty lenient with early upgraders, giving them early upgrades to the iPhone 4, if they were able to upgrade anytime in 2010. This year, the company, no longer with an iPhone exclusive, has just announced changes to early upgrades, with fees getting bumped.

Starting this week, early upgrade pricing for the 8GB iPhone 3GS is $299, with the 16GB iPhone 4 seeing a charge of $449, and the 32GB iPhone 4 is $549. That's a $50 bump for all of them. The pricing changes, first revealed by Android Central, were confirmed on Monday to this writer by AT&T.

AT&T official statement on the change is as follows:
"We've updated our early upgrade and no commitment price points for smartphones and feature phones. Only customers who are not yet upgrade eligible or who do not want to sign a contract are impacted.

"As mobile devices become more sophisticated, their cost goes up. This change reflects the increased costs, while still allowing us to offer customers the latest device before they qualify. We're happy to discuss individual account and upgrade needs one-on-one with customers."
No commitment pricing for the iPhone 4 is $599 for the 16GB version, and $699 for the 32GB model.

However, iPhone users aren't the only ones affected. Those with other smartphone manufacturers will see a bump of $150 for the cost of a handset with one-year commitment pricing. For no-commitment pricing, the cost has risen by $50.

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