AT&T cutting fees for bring-your-own-phone customers

Created: 12/06/2013 7:27 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

B-Y-O-P? It may not be an acronym you're used to but you might be soon.

AT&T is joining T-Mobile in reducing monthly fees for people who pay for their own devices. The "Bring Your Own Phone" concept is the latest move by a cellular carrier and is a break from the long-standing practice of companies subsidizing phones to lock customers into two-year service plans.

With more users choosing plans that allow more frequent phone upgrades, the shift is being made by AT&T, joining with T-Mobile in the practice. Until now, AT&T has continued to factor in the cost of those subsidies in the monthly service fees for voice, text and data - whether the customer uses the subsidies or not.

The new program begins Sunday and can net most users about $15 a month.


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