Older Cingular phones will cost you $5 per month

Cingular logoCingular has announced that due to the rising network costs to continue to provide TDMA service for customers with older handsets they will be adding a $5 monthly surcharge for those customers starting in September.  The goal is to force those customers to upgrade their phones to more current handsets that use the Cingular GSM network to avoid the monthly charge.  Cingular is the first carrier in the US to use a surcharge to attempt to force upgrades on customers.

(via Yahoo News)