Basic equipment that you must rent or purchase from AT&T directly.
Setting up your internet service with AT&T requires AT&T's Wi-Fi Gateway, a modem/router combination device from AT&T that is used to connect your devices to the internet.
While some plans may include this gateway at no extra cost, most require you to pay an additional $10/month. And since AT&T doesn't allow you to use your own equipment, the only way around this monthly charge is by purchasing the gateway upfront (up to $100). Although this hefty upfront cost may hurt your wallet initially, you'll end up saving hundreds down the road.
AT&T will walk you through the specific equipment needs of your home, and professionals can install the system. The company also offers a self-installation option with a detailed guide and ample resources.
Contracts and fees
Transparent fees and 12-month minimum commitment, with costs typically increasing after that period.
AT&T requires a 12-month contract on all of its internet plans, with a prorated early termination fee of $180 if you decide to cancel before the year is up.
While every plan is different, most will go up in cost after the 12-month promotional period is over. Fortunately, AT&T is one of the more transparent providers and clearly states what that second year price will be in the offer details before you're locked in.
There are a few fees when you first sign up too -- $35 self-installation fee and $99 professional installation. However, if you sign up with a qualifying bundle, the installation fee may be waived.
- Equipment lease fee: Up to $10/mo.*
- $99 professional installation*
- $35 activation (self-installation)*
*Sometimes waived for certain packages or online orders.