Just like Verizon Wireless, the second biggest wireless carrier in America has decided to increase its activation and upgrade fees. According to a report published by Droid Life, AT&T has hiked the charge for activating or upgrading a device on its network from the previous $20 to $25. A spokesperson for the mobile operator has stated that the move only counts as a minor adjustment, but for mobile users currently on AT&T’s network or for those looking to sign up, it makes a difference.
Major US wireless carrier Sprint has decided to decrease its activation fees for new handsets to $30, and from now on will charge its subscribers at the point of sale. As reported by Fierce Wireless, Sprint has made the fees reduction within the last couple of weeks. Previously, the mobile service network provider priced its activation fees at $36.
Uh-oh, it’s back. The largest wireless carrier in America will soon be bringing back its activation fee for mobile devices. As reported by Droid Life, Verizon Wireless will indeed be reinstating the $20 charge that will cover for the cost of activating a new handset. Starting on Sunday, the activation fee will apply to customers who decide to sign up for a new smartphone or tablet device line of service, and will affect mobile devices that were bought via a monthly installment plan, or were bought outright.
Major wireless carriers often incorporate activation fees on their smartphone plans, and subscribers who are not mindful enough sometimes find themselves surprised to discover that they are actually paying for some hidden charges.
It appears that there is a security feature that is present in Apple's iPhone, but unfortunately lacking in the company's first ever wearable device. Released last month, Apple Watch has generated buzz over its many features and for potentially igniting the smartwatch industry, but apparently, it does not have the Activation Lock feature, which can discourage thieves from stealing Apple devices.
It is true that the Apple Watch is quite an impressive achievement by Apple. Paired with an iPhone, the wearable device can alert users to incoming calls and text messages, facilitate mobile payments through Apple Pay, and can even run various apps that are designed for the Apple Watch.
Verizon Wireless is making a policy change again. As confirmed by a Verizon Wireless spokesperson to Phone Scoop, the major wireless carrier will be hiking up its activation fees and its upgrade fees to $40. Previously, the activation fees were only $35 while the upgrade fees were $30.
Verizon Wireless reasoned that the increase in fees are needed in order to help offset the costs associated with the activation of new mobile devices and the process of upgrading subscribers to a newer smartphone. It may not be clear how and why, but Verizon stands by its argument that the price hike is standard and necessary the carrier to remain competitive, despite its status as the industry leader.
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