When 60% Of Your Phone Bill Is From Unadvertised Fees

from the seems-a-bit-extreme dept

We've had plenty of stories about phone companies and all of the additional fees they add to your bill, but the Miami Herald has a few examples where the situation clearly goes beyond any reasonable level. Take, for example, a simple plan from BellSouth, advertised at $11.04/month. What they leave is out the extra $16 in fees and taxes (BugMeNot required) that turn the $11 plan into a $27 one. Then, there are companies like Primus which is adding a $15 "low usage" fee for anyone who doesn't make $25 worth of long distance calls per month. The telcos come back with their usual refrain that they somehow "need" to collect this fee "to recoup normal business expenses." That, of course, is a ridiculous statement. Any normal business prices their "normal business expenses" into their advertised prices. This is simply a way for the telcos to advertise lower prices than they're really charging. Perhaps other companies should get into this game as well. Want a pizza pie? It's just $3, but there's a $3.50 "crust fee," a $9.38 "oven fee," a $4.50 "service fee," and a $2.18 "cleanup fee." Plus tax.

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    red_eye, 20 Sep 2004 @ 12:21pm

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    California used to have specific protections to prevent such pricing trikery. Example, back when cell phones were just starting to make it big(when a propular cell phone modle was a bag phone and came in a tote the size of a half loaf of bread) it was Illegal in California to advertize a FREE cell phone with MANDITORY service. You had to advertize a REBATE for the phone if you agreed to the service plan. If they had avertized the phone as free (IANAL) as I understand it you could have gotten the pheon free and legally cancelled the service and kept the phone. Now that law has changed and woe for the consumer.

    The problem isnt the advertising, the laws, the lawyers, or the horrific marketing ideas, it is the stinking moronic sheep that accept that this is the way it is and pay for the service.

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