Why has AT&T bill doubled?


My AT&T monthly iPhone bill was around $50  a while ago,

and they made me sign a commitment to a new tier package which is $112 / mo

This is BS.

I think the thing they made me sign is for 2 years ?

Has anyone successfully escaped from AT&T ?
What should I do?
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
If they're like Verizon, then you are being charged for a data plan as well. VZ charges about $30/month for the data plan.

How long ago did you sign? I believe most carriers give you a few weeks to cancel the contract.
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beavoidAuthor Commented:
Thanks

That reminded me, I changed during my time period making iPhone apps, to unlimited data - because I got zapped with some huge - jaw-dropping - bills - ! ! -

Thanks,

Do you think the contract they made me sign was for that package, or AT&T ?

I use my iPhone like an iPod for music. That doesn't count as air-time, obviously?

When I drive up to Delaware, two days, I use my iPhone for road-trip music.
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käµfm³d 👽Commented:
Do you think the contract they made me sign was for that package, or AT&T ?
I don't know what you mean by, "or AT&T," but I believe all the major carriers are doing data plans. This is because more and more people want smart phones and the companies pay a large portion of the retail fee for the phones. When it gives you a phone for $200, the company has paid most of the retail fee ($300 - $800) because they are banking on you to keeping the phone for the full term of your contract. That is how they make back the money they spent on buying the phones. This is why the cancellation fees are so high (mine is $300).

I use my iPhone like an iPod for music. That doesn't count as air-time, obviously?
If you are playing music that you uploaded to your phone (e.g. you personal mp3 files), then no it is not air time. If you are listening to online radio like Pandora, Last.fm, Slacker, etc. then that would fall under data usage.

When I drive up to Delaware, two days, I use my iPhone for road-trip music.
Make sure you won't be roaming when you travel; if you do, you want to be aware of where your plan coverage exists, otherwise you might incur hefty roaming charges (yes, roaming still exists).
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I can't see your bill and I don't think you want to post it.  I also don't think you should post it.  That said, if you PREVIOUS phone wasn't a smart phone then you likely didn't have a data plan.  Adding the data plan to an iPhone can be costly.  As for usage, I don't like Apple and I don't like the iPhone - I use Android.  And Android has some features that allow it to stream music you may other wise think it is locally saved but in reality is still on the internet.  My phone also has the ability for me to say "only play local music" (or something to that effect, I'm not referencing it now).  No idea if Apple does that.  Further, I don't know how many minutes you have now or had previously.  

The BEST thing to do is COMPARE YOUR BILLS.  See what they are charging you for and ask them.  

As stated, if you want to get away from AT&T, you can, for a termination fee, and you'll probably not be able to use the iPhone for typical phone calls anymore because they tend to be locked to the carrier's network.  You may be able to jailbreak it... but do that and any warranty you had on it probably goes away and Apple MIGHT "fix" the break for you... they like controlling you... (though I THOUGHT there was a legal ruling preventing them from doing that, I'm not sure).
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SmokieIgnacioCommented:
I'm glad to see so many reasonable responses here, even though its hip to trash talk the companies that give you global, person to person communication and information access only seen on star trek, for about 3 bucks a day at worst.

These answers are right on the money. An upgrade to a smart phone means you just saved hundreds on a new super advanced smart phone (likely 400.00 our more), and yes all carriers charge monthly for services you use (like data access).

As for your contract, its very clear you didn't read it or ask any questions before you were "forced to sign" (didn't know at&t carried guns these days).

the real answer to you're question is this: we make choices and live with them. You wanted an iPhone, do you agreed to the T&C, without bothering to pay attention to the cost. Good thing for you at&t is flexible enough to allow you to change your mind and walk away, or go back to a flip phone within the first 30 days. Hardly the prison sentence you describe.

Adults should take responsibility for the choices they make; or make different choices. I hope you can better make your choice now.
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beavoidAuthor Commented:
Well,thanks, but I didn't anticipate, back then, that I'd actually stop my iPhone projects, but now that they have actually ended, personal reasons, what do you think I can do?

It is quite a while after I signed. I was okay with the price increase because I didn't want to look like a lame chump in the grad lab without heavy traffic coverage.

I read the sheets. They seemed very reasonable for my needs at the time.
Circumstances change, you know.
Think what you like, but it felt as though I had to sign it. I could see her hand inching towards her AK under the table.
I need some clarity on my new options, please..

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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Cancel the contract and pay a termination fee.   That simple.   You may be able to downgrade your services and reduce the fees (go from an unlimited data plan or 5GB plan down to a 200MB plan.   But you're in a contract, if you didn't want the contract, you could have paid full price for the phone and gotten it without a contract. (which would be MORE expensive than the termination fee likely will be). Put simply,  you need to determine what you need in a phone and how much it's going to cost you and then what your options are).

And beavoid is right - no one put a gun to your head and made you sign anything. If you were uncomfortable in the store/with the sales person, you should have gone to another or spoken to another rep.  To use or do just about anything these days you have to accept a license agreement, terms of use, or contract of some kind.  Few people read them at all and fewer people read them in full.

Bottom line,  KNOW WHAT YOU ARE SIGNING. and if you don't, don't sign!
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
By the way,  you can complain about the termination fee,  but leases and other agrrements often lock in for the full amount. I'm sure you won't want to look at it this way,  but AT&T is being nice offering an out AT ALL when you likely signed a the document that obligated you to pay $x for TWO YEARS for service,  whether you use it or not.
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beavoidAuthor Commented:
Thanks All
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