As if Apple and AT&T have not already found about as many clever ways to drain money out of your recession account they are going to do it again this time. When you go through the iPhonee 4 upgrade you will have an $18 charge, which is more like a service charge that they have shoved in there. All of this is part of the strange cycle that you go through with AT&T where they subsidize a great amount of the cost of your new iPhone for signing a two year contract with them. With the amount of money they make off of you in that two year period the half price device is the least they can do.
What AT&T is now pushing for is for owners to upgrade their contracts six months in advance, lowering the chances that they will jump ship to one of the other hip smart phones that are starting to challenge the iDominance. Apple has mentioned that this comes simply from their understanding that iPhone users are so committed to their devices that they just want to ensure that they get this process done early. What this means for the standard consumer is a major plus because instead of having to wait a full two years they can simply do this eighteen months in and get the iPhone 4 at a reduced cost subsidized. This is a nice deal, but a sneaky little $18 service charge is still something to be considered.