iPhone 5 rumors: upgrading to iPhone 5 will cost AT&T customers a little extra cash

The company claims the cost has increased due to the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device.

BGR spread the news after receiving emails from subscribers who had gotten notices from the network carrier regarding the upgrade fee increase.

”Because the overall costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased, effective Sunday, February 12, 2012, AT&T will change its upgrade fee from $18 to $36,” AT&T said in a note to dealers obtained by BGR.

AT&T has explained the reasons behind the increase as follows: “Wireless devices today are more sophisticated than ever before. And because of that, the costs associated with upgrading to a new device have increased and is reflected in our new upgrade fee. This fee isn’t unique to AT&T and this is the first time we’re changing it in nearly 10 years.”

The raised upgrade fee is due to take effect tomorrow, Sunday, February 12.