The $5 mandatory fee will generate approximately $23.5 million every month for Cingular. The company claims that the majority of its customers (92 percent) use phones based on Global System for Mobile (GSM) technology, while the rest use TDMA phones or even older analog phones. Despite the small minority of older phone users, Cingular is required by the FCC to support analog users until early 2008.
Cingular has already taken a lot of heat due to charging customers for what many see as their own oversights. Regardless, a push to new technology is a good thing. However, it seems they'd be much better received if they offered incentives to switch, rather than punishing those who don't feel a need to upgrade.