UPDATE, at 4:29 p.m.: AT&T says Internet price increases affect new customers only and not existing customers. TV prices affect everyone.
No AT&T U-verse service goes untouched by the latest round of price hikes for 2010. Most customers will see a $3 to $5 increase in their monthly bill when the new prices go into effect Feb. 1, 2010, confirmed an AT&T spokeswoman.
U-verse, which offers phone, TV and fast Internet service, is available in several Orange County cities. Here is a list: U-verse in O.C.
AT&T says the increased costs reflect more TV channels and better options, including more TV apps and the recent addition of 5 new HD channels. This is the company’s first price hike to its core TV service since launching in 2006.
AT&T isn’t the first to notify customers of 2010 price increases. Earlier this month, Time Warner Cable customers began receiving notices that bills were going up in January. See the earlier story: “Time Warner 2010 price hikes mostly affect those who order the least.”
AT&T provided examples for some of the price increases:
|More 2010 price increases:
U-verse Internet service is also rising “to better reflect the value of our broadband service in the marketplace and better align our pricing structure across our entire service footprint,” said a spokeswoman. UPDATE (added at 4:24 p.m.): However, these increases affect only new customers only, says AT&T.
But not everything is going up. Prices on the fastest Internet speeds are going down $10 per month for new customers only. Currently, those prices are $55 for Max (up to 12 Mbps) and $65 for Max Plus (up to 18 Mbps).
In the AT&T U-verse forums, customers specifically mention which TV package prices are going up: Family and U100 will be going up by $5. U200, U300 and U450 will be going up by $3. U-verse Voice Unlimited will go up by $3.
AT&T U-verse is available in parts of these cities: Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Brea, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, La Habra, La Palma, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Mission Viejo, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Stanton, Villa Park, Westminster, and Yorba Linda. For more, visit the Gadgetress U-verse page HERE.
If you get a letter from your TV provider about rising fees, let me know via e-mail: email@example.com. Thanks!
Recent U-verse stories:
For more on TV services, see the following links:
|* Time Warner Cable
* Cox Cable
* Verizon FiOS
* AT&T U-verse
* Dish Network
* Web TV
* All TV