Get ready to hate AT&T even more starting August 1

Upgrading your phone on the AT&T network is going to cost more at the top of next month due to another increase in activation fees.

Starting August 1, the US carrier plans to charge you a $45 fee whenever you upgrade your smartphone. That's a $5 increase from the $40 imposed over the last 13 months. Before June 2014, it was $35.

This steady increase in activation fees doesn't just apply to one- and two-year contracts, it also nickel and dimes Bring Your Own Device and AT&T Next...

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