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  1. #1
    If I go into a Cingular/ATT store, or go on line and buy a phone, ATT
    wants to charge me $18.

    Can some one REALLY explain what that $18 is for?? Are they going to
    upgrade my service, need to change over my switching apparatus, maybe
    someone heeds to come out and configure the cel equipment?

    I don't understand why, if I change my cel phone, I have to pay ATT
    $18

    If I go to Radio Shack, and buy a wall phone, I don't have to pay my
    local phone company $18.




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  2. #2
    XS11E
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    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    [email protected] wrote:

    > If I go into a Cingular/ATT store, or go on line and buy a phone, ATT
    > wants to charge me $18.
    >
    > Can some one REALLY explain what that $18 is for?? Are they going to
    > upgrade my service, need to change over my switching apparatus, maybe
    > someone heeds to come out and configure the cel equipment?
    >
    > I don't understand why, if I change my cel phone, I have to pay ATT
    > $18
    >
    > If I go to Radio Shack, and buy a wall phone, I don't have to pay my
    > local phone company $18.


    If you go to Radio Shack and buy an AT&T phone you probably won't have
    to pay them $18 to change it, either, give it a try.

    Of course, I wouldn't deal with AT&T but that's another topic....



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  3. #3
    bruceR
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    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    Because AT&T has, and always will, screw their customers out of every last
    penny.

    [email protected] wrote:
    > If I go into a Cingular/ATT store, or go on line and buy a phone, ATT
    > wants to charge me $18.
    >
    > Can some one REALLY explain what that $18 is for?? Are they going to
    > upgrade my service, need to change over my switching apparatus, maybe
    > someone heeds to come out and configure the cel equipment?
    >
    > I don't understand why, if I change my cel phone, I have to pay ATT
    > $18
    >
    > If I go to Radio Shack, and buy a wall phone, I don't have to pay my
    > local phone company $18.






  4. #4
    Gordon Huff
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    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    [email protected] wrote:
    > I don't understand why, if I change my cel phone, I have to pay ATT
    > $18
    >
    > If I go to Radio Shack, and buy a wall phone, I don't have to pay my
    > local phone company $18.
    >

    If you buy your AT&T phone from Sams Club or Costco, you won't pay the $18.
    Regards



  5. #5
    Dick
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On Thu, 01 Nov 2007 15:04:50 GMT, Gordon Huff
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >[email protected] wrote:
    >> I don't understand why, if I change my cel phone, I have to pay ATT
    >> $18
    >>
    >> If I go to Radio Shack, and buy a wall phone, I don't have to pay my
    >> local phone company $18.
    >>

    >If you buy your AT&T phone from Sams Club or Costco, you won't pay the $18.
    >Regards


    Yeah, if your local Costco carries AT&T. Ours doesn't. I know some
    do as I have seen them when traveling around the country. Interesting
    how major U.S. stores like Costco and Walmart are not consistent in
    which carriers they represent around the country. I can understand
    when carriers are localized to a community, but when there is more
    than one store in the same town you would think they would carry the
    same lines.

    Dick

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  6. #6
    Steve Sobol
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    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On 2007-11-01, Dick <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Yeah, if your local Costco carries AT&T. Ours doesn't. I know some
    > do as I have seen them when traveling around the country. Interesting
    > how major U.S. stores like Costco and Walmart are not consistent in
    > which carriers they represent around the country. I can understand
    > when carriers are localized to a community, but when there is more
    > than one store in the same town you would think they would carry the
    > same lines.


    I've always assumed that's due to differing coverage. Offering Verizon Wireless
    in Oklahoma City, or Little Rock, for example, would not work as VZW does not
    have a network in either of those markets.



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  7. #7
    Gordon Huff
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    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    Dick wrote:
    > On Thu, 01 Nov 2007 15:04:50 GMT, Gordon Huff
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> If you buy your AT&T phone from Sams Club or Costco, you won't pay the $18.
    >> Regards

    >
    > Yeah, if your local Costco carries AT&T. Ours doesn't. I know some


    Check again after Nov 5.
    Regards



  8. #8
    el KaBong
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    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T


    "Gordon Huff" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >> I don't understand why, if I change my cel phone, I have to pay ATT
    >> $18
    >>
    >> If I go to Radio Shack, and buy a wall phone, I don't have to pay my
    >> local phone company $18.
    >>

    > If you buy your AT&T phone from Sams Club or Costco, you won't pay the
    > $18.
    > Regards


    The phone kiosks at Sam's Club in Michigan are owned by Radio Shack.




  9. #9
    Bruce in Bangkok
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 20:47:12 +0000 (UTC), Steve Sobol
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 2007-11-01, Dick <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Yeah, if your local Costco carries AT&T. Ours doesn't. I know some
    >> do as I have seen them when traveling around the country. Interesting
    >> how major U.S. stores like Costco and Walmart are not consistent in
    >> which carriers they represent around the country. I can understand
    >> when carriers are localized to a community, but when there is more
    >> than one store in the same town you would think they would carry the
    >> same lines.

    >
    >I've always assumed that's due to differing coverage. Offering Verizon Wireless
    >in Oklahoma City, or Little Rock, for example, would not work as VZW does not
    >have a network in either of those markets.



    A little off topic but what do you do in the US when you travel? Do
    the various networks have some sort of foaming plan or do you have to
    buy a new plan is, for instance, you were to drive to visit some other
    part of the country on vacation.

    In Thailand the whole country (perhaps as large as California) is
    covered by the three networks that are in business here so it is only
    a matter of selecting the company that you prefer to do business with.


    Bruce-in-Bangkok
    (Note:displayed e-mail
    address is a spam trap)



  10. #10
    Steve Sobol
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On 2007-11-02, Bruce in Bangkok <[email protected]> wrote:

    > A little off topic but what do you do in the US when you travel? Do
    > the various networks have some sort of foaming plan or do you have to
    > buy a new plan is, for instance, you were to drive to visit some other
    > part of the country on vacation.


    You roam. Verizon roams on other CDMA carriers, primarily Alltel. As a T-Mo
    customer, I would roam mostly on Cingular, the other US GSM carrier.

    Many plans offer free roaming.


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  11. #11
    Dennis Ferguson
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On 2007-11-02, Bruce in Bangkok <[email protected]> wrote:
    > On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 20:47:12 +0000 (UTC), Steve Sobol
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >>I've always assumed that's due to differing coverage. Offering Verizon Wireless
    >>in Oklahoma City, or Little Rock, for example, would not work as VZW does not
    >>have a network in either of those markets.

    >
    >
    > A little off topic but what do you do in the US when you travel? Do
    > the various networks have some sort of foaming plan or do you have to
    > buy a new plan is, for instance, you were to drive to visit some other
    > part of the country on vacation.
    >
    > In Thailand the whole country (perhaps as large as California) is
    > covered by the three networks that are in business here so it is only
    > a matter of selecting the company that you prefer to do business with.


    In the US no wireless carrier has full coverage nationwide, but most
    have roaming agreements with carriers in the places where they don't
    have native coverage, and the in-country roaming is often included with
    peoples' plans at no charge.

    You generally need to buy service from a carrier which has network
    coverage where you live and work, however, since most will object
    eventually if all your usage is roaming.

    Dennis Ferguson



  12. #12
    Bruce in Bangkok
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On Fri, 02 Nov 2007 07:08:59 +0700, Bruce in Bangkok
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 20:47:12 +0000 (UTC), Steve Sobol
    ><[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>On 2007-11-01, Dick <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Yeah, if your local Costco carries AT&T. Ours doesn't. I know some
    >>> do as I have seen them when traveling around the country. Interesting
    >>> how major U.S. stores like Costco and Walmart are not consistent in
    >>> which carriers they represent around the country. I can understand
    >>> when carriers are localized to a community, but when there is more
    >>> than one store in the same town you would think they would carry the
    >>> same lines.

    >>
    >>I've always assumed that's due to differing coverage. Offering Verizon Wireless
    >>in Oklahoma City, or Little Rock, for example, would not work as VZW does not
    >>have a network in either of those markets.

    >
    >
    >A little off topic but what do you do in the US when you travel? Do
    >the various networks have some sort of foaming plan or do you have to
    >buy a new plan is, for instance, you were to drive to visit some other
    >part of the country on vacation.
    >
    >In Thailand the whole country (perhaps as large as California) is
    >covered by the three networks that are in business here so it is only
    >a matter of selecting the company that you prefer to do business with.
    >
    >
    >Bruce-in-Bangkok
    >(Note:displayed e-mail
    > address is a spam trap)



    Should have read "roaming plan" not "foaming plan".
    Should have been "if, for instance", not "is, for instance".

    Mental note: More and better proof reading!
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    address is a spam trap)



  13. #13
    Bruce in Bangkok
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On Fri, 02 Nov 2007 02:45:41 GMT, Dennis Ferguson
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >On 2007-11-02, Bruce in Bangkok <[email protected]> wrote:
    >> On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 20:47:12 +0000 (UTC), Steve Sobol
    >><[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>I've always assumed that's due to differing coverage. Offering Verizon Wireless
    >>>in Oklahoma City, or Little Rock, for example, would not work as VZW does not
    >>>have a network in either of those markets.

    >>
    >>
    >> A little off topic but what do you do in the US when you travel? Do
    >> the various networks have some sort of foaming plan or do you have to
    >> buy a new plan is, for instance, you were to drive to visit some other
    >> part of the country on vacation.
    >>
    >> In Thailand the whole country (perhaps as large as California) is
    >> covered by the three networks that are in business here so it is only
    >> a matter of selecting the company that you prefer to do business with.

    >
    >In the US no wireless carrier has full coverage nationwide, but most
    >have roaming agreements with carriers in the places where they don't
    >have native coverage, and the in-country roaming is often included with
    >peoples' plans at no charge.
    >
    >You generally need to buy service from a carrier which has network
    >coverage where you live and work, however, since most will object
    >eventually if all your usage is roaming.
    >
    >Dennis Ferguson



    I was thinking mostly if, for example, you lived in Boston and
    visited, say, Florida for a two week vacation in the winter.

    Bruce-in-Bangkok
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    address is a spam trap)



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    bruceR
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    That would be no problem. The major carriers cover most of the US and it's a
    seamless operation. For example, when I get off the plane in Miami and turn
    on my phone I will start receiving and making calls with no extra steps or
    costs. Same with VM notification and all other features. If your plan
    includes unlimited roaming and free long distance you'll pay nothing extra
    as long as you are in the USA - including Hawaii (where I live). If I
    happen to be in an area where my carrier has poor or no coverage I will roam
    on another network but there is no additional cost involved or steps
    required - it's truly seamless. TMobile and AT&T (Cingular) have agreements
    (both are GSM) and Sprint and Verizon have agreements (both are CDMA).
    Other, smaller carriers such as Alltel have agreements with the major
    carriers as well.

    Bruce in Bangkok wrote:
    > On Fri, 02 Nov 2007 02:45:41 GMT, Dennis Ferguson
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> On 2007-11-02, Bruce in Bangkok <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>> On Thu, 1 Nov 2007 20:47:12 +0000 (UTC), Steve Sobol
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>> I've always assumed that's due to differing coverage. Offering
    >>>> Verizon Wireless in Oklahoma City, or Little Rock, for example,
    >>>> would not work as VZW does not have a network in either of those
    >>>> markets.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> A little off topic but what do you do in the US when you travel? Do
    >>> the various networks have some sort of foaming plan or do you have
    >>> to buy a new plan is, for instance, you were to drive to visit some
    >>> other part of the country on vacation.
    >>>
    >>> In Thailand the whole country (perhaps as large as California) is
    >>> covered by the three networks that are in business here so it is
    >>> only a matter of selecting the company that you prefer to do
    >>> business with.

    >>
    >> In the US no wireless carrier has full coverage nationwide, but most
    >> have roaming agreements with carriers in the places where they don't
    >> have native coverage, and the in-country roaming is often included
    >> with peoples' plans at no charge.
    >>
    >> You generally need to buy service from a carrier which has network
    >> coverage where you live and work, however, since most will object
    >> eventually if all your usage is roaming.
    >>
    >> Dennis Ferguson

    >
    >
    > I was thinking mostly if, for example, you lived in Boston and
    > visited, say, Florida for a two week vacation in the winter.
    >
    > Bruce-in-Bangkok
    > (Note:displayed e-mail
    > address is a spam trap)






  15. #15
    Dick
    Guest

    Re: WHY Does it Cost $18 just to upgrade to a new phone on AT&T

    On Thu, 01 Nov 2007 21:11:37 GMT, Gordon Huff
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Dick wrote:
    >> On Thu, 01 Nov 2007 15:04:50 GMT, Gordon Huff
    >> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>
    >>> If you buy your AT&T phone from Sams Club or Costco, you won't pay the $18.
    >>> Regards

    >>
    >> Yeah, if your local Costco carries AT&T. Ours doesn't. I know some

    >
    >Check again after Nov 5.
    >Regards


    What happens on Nov 5?

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