PHOENIX - The best part (and arguably the most time-consuming) of getting a new cell phone can be fiddling with all the new features and accessorizing it with the latest case, charms and ringtones.
However, the most frustrating part of getting the latest smartphone can be all the additional charges that can sneak-up on the following month's phone bill.
There is a new online resource that is helping to lessen the sticker-shock by informing you of carrier fees.
Adrian Miller said he started out with a fifty-dollar wireless plan, but soon ended up paying more than double that amount.
"Next thing I know I have an extra hundred bucks on my bill every plan, every month," said Miller
Stephanie York and Elizabeth Rogers can't even figure out what they are being charged for anymore.
"I just pay it every month because I have to," said York.
"I think it's ridiculous. It's always over $100 and it's just my own individual plan, I hate it!" said Rogers.
The problem is all of the fees tacked on to the service.
-- state and local taxes.
-- universal service fund fee
-- 411 directory assistance
-- new phone activation and upgrade fees
Consumer website Cheapism.com said collectively all of these fees could add twenty percent to your phone bill.
So who has the least fees?
Cheapism.com compared all the major carriers and found T-mobile to be the winner. They have no upgrade or activation fees.
Verizon is next lowest for upgrade and activation fees, though Cheapism said it has the highest early termination fee.
They also found that AT&T and Sprint have the highest upgrade and activation fees, but find that Sprint's unlimited plans give them a valued edge.
If you are planning to travel outside of the US, don't forget to check with your carrier about international roaming charges. Those can cause your bill to skyrocket.
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