According to the leaked memo seen above, AT&T plans to double their upgrade fee starting February 12th. Currently it costs Ma Bell customers a mere $18 to upgrade, but in just a few days users will have to cough up $36 if they plan to upgrade. AT&T has since confirmed the increase and points to rising costs associated with the overall upgrade process.
Here’s what AT&T had to say in their own words:
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.