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Has this ever happened to you? You sign up for a great deal on wireless service, but when it’s time to pay, the numbers just don’t add up. That $70 service shows up on your bill as $80 or more, leaving you confused about how your costs have gone up without any warning.
Extra charges on your bill come from a combination of taxes and a carrier’s administrative charges. Some are mandated by government regulations, but others are fees applied strictly at the carrier’s discretion. One of the main challenges in understanding your bill is deciphering the language used to itemize these charges.
Not all fees are created equal
Obviously, certain taxes and fees are unavoidable, and even necessary. State and local taxes, the 911 fee used to fund access to emergency services, and payment into the Universal Service Fund to help underwrite rural and low-income telecommunications services, are all required by law.
Beware of things like:
— Overage fees: If you use more minutes, text messages or data than your monthly plan allows, many carriers tack on an additional charge for every bit of extra usage.
— Activation and device upgrade fees: You may be excited about getting a new phone or upgrading to a new one. But, be aware that your carrier may charge you $30 or more to connect it to their service.
— SIM card kit fee: It looks like a tiny, disposable slip of cardboard, but a SIM card actually contains a small chip that lets your phone communicate with cellular networks. By providing a SIM card, your carrier allows you to bring an existing “unlocked” phone onto their service.
— Administrative charge: These are similar to regulatory charges, but more nebulous. They’re usually billed as fees to cover the costs paid to other carriers when talking to someone on a different network, but they can also be applied for a host of general reasons.
According to Forbes, the NBA’s highest-paid players for 2018 (total earnings) are:
1. LeBron James ($85.3 million)
2. Stephen Curry ($76.7 million)
3. Kevin Durant ($58 million)
4. James Harden ($48.3 million)
5. Russell Westbrook ($47.5 million)
6. Damian Lillard ($40.2 million)
7. Blake Griffin ($35.5 million)
8. Giannis Antetokounmpo ($35.5 million)
9. Carmel Anthony ($33.2 million)
10. Anthony Davis ($32.7 million)
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