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Last Edited by KiraSD May 5, 2016 at 01:46 PM
Starting with your June 2016 bill, the Administrative Fee will be $0.76 per line per month. Please visit www.att.com/additionalcharges for more information about the Administrative Fee.

It is currently $0.61 per month.

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The Administrative Fee helps defray certain expenses AT&T incurs, including but not limited to: (a) charges AT&T or its agents pay to interconnect with other carriers to deliver calls from AT&T customers to their customers; and (b) charges associated with cell site rents and maintenance.
Many people previously have been able to terminate their contracts ETF free when the Administrative Fee was newly added onto their bills. Check previous thread about this Administrative Fee issue: http://slickdeals.net/f/6047432-get-out-of-a-post-paid-at-t-contract-etf-free-ymmv

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1.3 Can AT&T Change My Terms And Rates?
We may change any terms, conditions, rates, fees, expenses, or charges regarding your Services at any time. We will provide you with notice of material changes (other than changes to governmental fees, proportional charges for governmental mandates, roaming rates or administrative charges) either in your monthly bill or separately. You understand and agree that State and Federal Universal Service Fees and other governmentally imposed fees, whether or not assessed directly upon you, may be increased based upon the government's or our calculations.

IF WE INCREASE THE PRICE OF ANY OF THE SERVICES TO WHICH YOU SUBSCRIBE, BEYOND THE LIMITS SET FORTH IN YOUR CUSTOMER SERVICE SUMMARY, OR IF WE MATERIALLY DECREASE THE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA IN WHICH YOUR AIRTIME RATE APPLIES (OTHER THAN A TEMPORARY DECREASE FOR REPAIRS OR MAINTENANCE), WE'LL DISCLOSE THE CHANGE AT LEAST ONE BILLING CYCLE IN ADVANCE (EITHER THROUGH A NOTICE WITH YOUR BILL, A TEXT MESSAGE TO YOUR DEVICE, OR OTHERWISE), AND YOU MAY TERMINATE THIS AGREEMENT WITHOUT PAYING AN EARLY TERMINATION FEE OR RETURNING OR PAYING FOR ANY PROMOTIONAL ITEMS, PROVIDED YOUR NOTICE OF TERMINATION IS DELIVERED TO US WITHIN THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE FIRST BILL REFLECTING THE CHANGE.
Previously, people were able to terminate their contracts ETF free, receive early upgrades, and/or statement credits. This has worked because of the argument that this is NOT a government-mandated charge (despite the official sounding label), and it materially changes your service cost, which is now being increased from $0.61 to $0.76 per month. The previous thread has numerous examples and ways of going about this.

Good luck to those who would like to try this route if they still have an AT&T contract.
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You think they'd let people out of their contracts over $1.80 increase per year in admin fees? How would that impact people that had phones that were carrier locked to AT&T, could they then get them unlocked as well?
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As an employee, I can tell you this will NOT work.
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You think they'd let people out of their contracts over $1.80 increase per year in admin fees? How would that impact people that had phones that were carrier locked to AT&T, could they then get them unlocked as well?
that's what people say Everytime this is brought up, yet it works for some people.
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Man I hate post-paid service and all the BS fees, pre-paid all the way. I can't believe how many people are making car payments for wireless service. shake head
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As an employee, I can tell you this will NOT work.
Funny, everytime this happens, people manage to pull it off. The joys of contracts are that one party cannot arbitrarily change it.... well they can but there are repercussions.
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Last time when they raised administrative fee,some people managed to get out of contract but many people got early upgrade.
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I need to know how to get out of my FIOS contract after Verizon sold it to Frontier in CA. It's been a huge mess...
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that's what people say Everytime this is brought up, yet it works for some people.
Weird. I can understand them letting people out over the other recent hikes in prices but over $1.80/year? That I find hard to believe. I would think there is some type of stipulation built in to the contract that states that the user agrees to pay increased fees that outside of AT&T's control, like government fees and taxes, that would also prevent someone from just opting out of their contract over things like that.
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Change in a contract is a "material adverse affect" You'll have to escalate and plead your case but rules is rules.
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As an employee, I can tell you this will NOT work.
It worked before.
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How can you do this while keeping your number and porting to a different carrier?
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early upgrade is useless now that u don't get subsidized phone
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Yeah.. no more upgrades (subsidized for old family/single plans) getting out of contract is sort of useless unless you plan on switching plans or to a different carrier... Still debating if it's worth giving up the unlimited data lines to lower the bill by switching over to share data for 3 lines... Was only worth keeping my current plan for the subsidized phones.

On another note... I need to look for some deals on home internet also... since AT&T U-Verse caps are coming and I just received an email saying I will be charged rental equipment fees out of nowhere after not having to pay any rental fee for 2+ years...
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early upgrade is useless now that u don't get subsidized phone
I agree, but getting out of a contract so you can port to another carrier is very useful.
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