AT&T customers see price increases following Time Warner merger

AT&T customers see price increases following Time Warner merger
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AT&T has increased the prices of some of its services since the company officially merged with Time Warner last month, USA Today reported.

The cost of the company's DirecTV Now streaming plans will go up to $40 a month starting on July 26, a $5 increase. AT&T said the increase is to bring "the cost of this service in line with the market,” according to USA Today.

The company also recently unveiled an Unlimited & More wireless plan at $70 a month. That’s $5 more than the already existing basic unlimited plan.


The new wireless plan includes a new WatchTV streaming service, which can be bought separately for $15 a month. The older, less expensive wireless plan will still be offered.

AT&T also increased its administrative fee twice during the past quarter. The monthly fee jumped to $1.99 in June, from 76 cents earlier in the year.

“This is a standard administrative fee across the wireless industry, which helps cover costs we incur for items like cell site maintenance and interconnection between carriers,” AT&T said of the monthly fee, according to USA Today.

The Justice Department attempted to block the $85 billion AT&T-Time Warner merger, arguing that it would hurt competition and cause prices to rise for customers, but a federal judge ruled last month that the merger could go through. The companies officially merged two days later.