After some initial confusion I just upgraded my two iPhone plans through the ATT website and after checking out I noticed that I was charged an $18 upgrade fee for both phones (something that I didn't see on the Apple.com checkout screen when I almost ordered through them):
Email Order Confirmation For 16GB iPhone 4s:
Email Order Confirmation For 32GB iPhone 4s:
This isn't sales tax either as you can see by the images that tax is TBD and the upgrade fee is listed under Services & Fees.
Update 1: After calling ATT I found that although Apple.com doesn't initially charge you the $18 upgrade fee it will still come through on your next bill. In my opinion it's just another lame way to get $18 out of you though, which I think is pretty lame.
I finally got through to try and place an order for my iPhone 4s and I was greeted with this lovely (err... terrible) message:
"Your new device requires a different Data Add-on Plan than you currently have. We selected a compatible Data Add-on Plan for you. If you want a different plan, you can change the Data Add-on Plan by selecting Change here or from within myAT&T after you receive and activate your new device."
See the below applicable images and notice that there is no longer an option for me to continue to use my unlimited dataplan despite having the unlimited dataplan with AT&T since 2008:
(click to enlarge)
Note: The discounted pricing is related to an EDU discount from my wife.
Update 1: The upgrade option is still unlimited as long as you continue through checkout but their order page is just unnecessarily confusing. Just keep clicking continue. I'm calling ATT to confirm that both of our upgraded phones get the discount.
Tagged: AT&T, iPhone 4s
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