AT&T has confirmed recent suspicions saying they’d be making it more expensive for people to upgrade early or for people to buy phones with just a one-year contract as opposed to two years.
You’ll have to pay $50 more than previous standard pricing for the latter situation, while those who don’t want to be tied down to a two-year contract and instead opt for one year will need to pay $150 more for their smartphones.
AT&T claims that the decision was made due to the sophistication of smartphones these days. As they get better, their costs go up. (Except they forget to mention that you’re already paying for the MSRP throughout the two-year or one-year deal anyway.) [via BGR]