AT&T Takes A Lesson From Banks: Will Now Charge You For Not Using Enough Long Distance

from the a-sign-of-things-to-come dept

Sometimes you wonder if there's some sort of competition between airlines, banks and telcos as to who can come up with the more ridiculous "fees" to add. AT&T, which last we checked, was still trying to get a merger approved that it claims will benefit customers, has now decided to add a $2/month fee for people who don't have a long-distance plan. In other words, pay more, for less! This comes on top of a whole series of other ways to limit consumer choice while increasing what they have to pay. As Broadband Reports notes:
AT&T imposed new usage caps on broadband users without making sure the meters work. They followed that up by cracking down on unofficial tetherers (imposing a fee for doing nothing while crippling smartphones) and then substantially jacking up the price of SMS service by killing off one of their most popular SMS plans.
But have no fear, once AT&T gets T-Mobile and there's even less competition in the mobile space, we're sure that such practices will only... er... increase.

Filed Under: fees, long distance, telcos
Companies: at&t, t-mobile


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    webranger47 (profile), 28 Aug 2011 @ 6:23pm

    Regulation

    There are perfectly good regulations on the books already, but corporate lobbyists and politicians who stand with and for corporate interests make certain that regulatory agencies' budgets are kept lean and hungry so that there aren't enough regulators to enforce the regulations. That way progressives are mollified because the regulations get passed in Congress, and the conservatives can laugh all the way to the bank, knowing that the regulations cannot be enforced. It's a win-win situation. Would you mind bending over a little farther please. This shouldn't hurt too much.

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