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AT&T Cuts Fees For BYOD Customers

AT&T cuts monthly fees for customers who pay off their device or bring their own.

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

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Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
12/6/2013 | 9:47:02 PM
Competition is good
It's nice to see AT&T getting more competitive. It can only be good news for consumers (especially around the holiday season).
Eric Zeman
Eric Zeman,
User Rank: Strategist
12/6/2013 | 8:46:03 AM
Re: Some Great Tablets and SmartPhones
Thanks for your note. I understand your point of view in that, yes, most people buy phones on-contract to get the subsidized price. The monthly subsidy averages about $20 per month over the lifetime of a contract. The issue here is that customers who satisfy the contract and pay off their device after two years didn't receive a discount on their service. They continued to pay the same monthly fee, which includes the $20 subsidy even though the phone is paid for. This is where AT&T and others were ripping customers off. That device subsidy should have gone away at the end of the contract, but didn't. Now, with these new plans, it does. 

Speaking personally, I will never sign a contract with a wireless network operator again. I don't mind paying full price for phones, but in return I expect my service to cost a little less. 
User Rank: Apprentice
12/5/2013 | 6:53:52 PM
Re: Some Great Tablets and SmartPhones
The logic in this article is flawed.  Customers enter into a 2 year contract in order to save mony on the inital device purchase, instead of buying an iPhone for $649 they get it for $199.  When your contract ends you have satisfied the subsidy.  This has nothing to do with the fact that you are no longer under contract so you shouldn't be charged extra, this is simply a move by AT&T to be cost competitive with the competition.
User Rank: Apprentice
12/5/2013 | 4:26:27 PM
Some Great Tablets and SmartPhones
One of the best U.S. sites for No-Contract Tablets and Smartphones that work on the AT&T and Straight Talk wireless networks is -- TabletSprint

The new 8.9" Pipo M7 Pro - 3G HSPA+ tablet is on sale for $279 -- with built-in SIM card slot that works with any AT&T wireless plan as well as Straight Talk plans (which now use the AT&T Network).

The Pipo M7 Pro - 3G tablet offers high end specs that compare to the new Nexus 7 - plus its larger 8.9-inch screen makes it one of the best values on a tablet this holiday season.

The Pipo M9 Pro - 3G tablet offers a 10-inch size with the same high-end specs, available for $309 --  and in addition is one of the first tablets with both Internet & Voice Calling capability... which works well with a bluetooth headset to make phone calls.

Also available through TabletSprint is one of the best budget priced quad core phones on the market - the THL W100S (priced at $164). complete specs available through their site.

Many other new models to launch this month  and  available through TabletSprint are worth checking out, including the new SmartQ Z-Watch to launch last week, for $155 – which compares to the new Samsung smartwatch, but nearly half the price.
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