They charged me $40 for the phone activation, and $7.50 a month as the bare-bones rate to have the phone line. No matter what I said, they wouldn’t get rid of the activation.
Today I called to cancel it when I realized that the VOIP system I am going to try out, Magic Jack, doesn’t allow number portability yet.
Without even asking, the woman offered to remove the activation charge, and when I said that I still wasn’t interested, she offered to lower my bill $5 for a year.
So, in the process of a 5 minute phone call, I got a phone line with AT&T for $2.50 a month (before taxes), with no activation fee.
Magic Jack says that they will start porting numbers sometime this year, so hopefully it will be sooner than later.
It may be smart to call AT&T and see what savings you can get…