Many charges that can significantly increase your bill are often
hidden in the fine print of a calling plan's documentation. Ask
your sales representative about these potential charges before you
sign up. Here are a few to ask about.
- What will the local calling area be? If it is different airtime
rate area when you call beyond the local calling area, you may be
charged toll charges in addition to airtime. Calls originated or
received outside your home calling area will be charged a roaming
- Making a call in local calling area to a landline (ex. home phone
number) may be charged a handling fee or landline connection fee.
- You will be charged airtime for toll free calls, operator assisted
calls, calling card use, call forwarding, data calls, checking
voice mail, roadside assistance, text messaging and mobile web.
Charges may apply to 2 or more calls simultaneously if you use
call waiting, call forwarding and 3 way calls.
- Usage charges may vary by location depending on where you are
when the call starts.
- Calls are billed in full minute billing increments from the
time you press the send button to the time you press end.
- Depending on your rate plan, you may be charged for long distance
and roaming charges in addition to airtime charges for calls made
outside your home area. In some areas, you may pay roaming charges
even if you have a nationwide plan.
- For mobile-to-mobile calls, both parties could be charged a
per-minute usage fee. This double charge can quickly burn through
your anytime minutes. Some carriers have plans that include unlimited
mobile-to-mobile calls or you can add mobile-to-mobile minutes
for a fee.
- If you have multiple lines on your account, you will be charged
an activation fee for each line, typically $35.
- If you have multiple lines on one account and terminate service
before the contract ends, you could pay an early termination fee
for each line.
- Free weekends and free long distance may not apply outside
your local coverage area.