Cell phone companies always seem to offer great deals: Free phones, unlimited data, and all the texting you want.
But, if that's the case, then why do some monthly bills cost $100 or more? One reason: A new report says carriers have found many new ways to nickel-and-dime us.
Hey, what's this new fee?
In the past few weeks, people have been complaining about a little a new fee that AT&T is charging its wireless customers.
It's a new 61 cent a month "administrative fee." Nothing big, but, according to the blog How-to-Geek.com , it's just the latest fee that carriers are adding on to nickel and dime us.
The blog's list of sneaky cell phone fees include:
· Administrative fees. Don't switch to Verizon to avoid this one, because they have the exact same charge.
· Tethering charges. This charge is to use your wireless data plan on another device. This is essentially the same thing as mobile hotspot fees.
· Mobile hotspot fees. These let you connect an iPad and other devices to your smartphone's data plan.
· Text message fees. Why is messaging still being charged separately, when it could simply be part of our data plan?
International Roaming Fees
And, finally, perhaps the worst nickel-and-dime fee of all: International roaming fees.
If you don't check with your carrier before going to Mexico, Canada, or Europe, you could be the next person with a thousand dollar cell phone bill you weren't expecting.
How-to-Geek says carriers are free to charge whatever markup they want on international roaming – and they do.
My advice? If you hate all these extra fees, look seriously at prepaid, no contract plans, whether they're from a major carrier or a store like Wal-Mart or Best Buy.
They are cheaper, and often won't nickel-and-dime you.