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Tue, Dec 28, 2021 10:35 PM

Are there additional charges if paying for phone outright when upgrading?

Are there additional charges or fees (such as monthly payments) that are incurred if I upgrade a phone and pay the full cost up-front (aside from the one time upgrade fee and sales tax)? The account is paid to current, phone is eligible for upgrade, and user is part of a shared plan but individually on the AT&T Unlimited Elite Plan (5G). The current phone is a Samsung Galaxy S7 - AT&T Prepaid. New phone will be a Galaxy S21.  Don't see reference to additional charges in policies, bur want to confirm that paying for the phone outright won't incur any additional charges? 

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ACE - Expert


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No there aren’t any additional charges if you pay for the phone outright.

ACE - Sage


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If you're going to pay full price, don't buy from AT&T so you can avoid the upgrade fee. You can go to Best Buy, or buy directly from Samsung, pay full price  

Last time I purchased a full price Samsung from best buy, I just told them I was prepaid, they didn't even ask for my phone number.

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