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AT&T Adds 61-Cent Admin Fee to All Customers

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More "Bait and Switch" billing practices

Rusty Shackleford

May 28, 2013, 1:28 AM
Cell phone companies love to deflate the cost of the services they advertise to their customers by pushing the cost to another fee that they don't promote. Following AT&T's logic, why not simply replace the $30 family messaging plan with a $5 family messaging and a mandatory, and hidden, $25 administrative fee? Its been a while, but I'm fairly certain I was on an everything unlimited plan with Sprint for $99 that had a unmentioned smartphone fee.

I don't understand how these practices are even legal: how can you advertise one price for a service and then apply a additional mandatory fee for that same service? I guess that's the power of fine print, but it is very manipulative (and very reminiscent of our income tax system with its F...

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