AT&T slaps customers with all-new Mobility Administrative Fee

By , May 23, 2013

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AT&T fanboys, beware – as of May 1, your favorite carrier has instituted a new Mobility Administrative Fee which adds an extra $0.61 per line, per month to your wireless bill.

Yes, you’ll hardly notice the additional charge, but it does work out to an extra $7.32 per phone line per year, or nearly thirty bucks annually for a family account with four lines.

But multiply the figure by AT&T’s nearly 70 million postpaid customers and that paltry $0.61 per-line charge quickly adds up to an additional hundreds of millions of extra dollars for the telco, each year. Wait, what’s a Mobility Administrative Fee, you ask…

An AT&T spokesperson told The Verge that the new Mobility Administrative Fee will “help cover certain expenses, such as interconnection and cell site rents and maintenance.”

As if it’s any consolation, the spokesperson explains the move is “consistent with similar fees charged by other carriers.”

While this is true – and Verizon’s administrative line charges are arguably the highest in the industry – I doubt AT&T’s unsuspecting customers will welcome the move.

AT&T also today launched the new AT&T Cruise Ship packages and AT&T International Long Distance Messaging 1000 package aimed at its customers setting sail this summer with Royal Caribbean International, Azamara Club Cruises or select Celebrity Cruises ships.

Head over to the AT&T website for fine print.

And in related AT&T news, the telco recently launched its all-new prepaid AIO Wireless brand, confirmed it will enable FaceTime over cellular for all users by year’s end and has just rolled out its 4G LTE network to customers in Santa Cruz-WatsonvilleVentura-Oxnard, Outer Banks and Anderson.

By the way, why is it that these Soviet ministries – as Walt Mossberg once contemptuously called carriers - are able to get away with taking advantage of consumers?

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  • Steven Miller

    Always finding a way to charge us for nothing….

    • iBanks

      Looks like the charge is for something…

      “help cover certain expenses, such as interconnection and cell site rents and maintenance.”

      • ridonkulous

        Apparently my $187 for 3 lines won’t cover “interconnection and cell site rents and maintenance”???

      • iBanks

        Guess not since May 1 came around. But I must say, that’s a rather good price you’re paying, try looking at my Verizon Wireless bill.

      • https://twitter.com/MrElectrifyer MrElectrifyer

        Lol, you consider that to be a good price? You really need to fight your carrier over the phone.

        Maximum I’ve ever paid for 1 line is $47.50/month ($49.88/month after tax) and I still find that to be a rip off compared to what people in the U.K. are paying (if I remember correctly, it was $10/month) for the same or even better service. After a few hours of fighting/threatening over the phone, I’ve managed to land a much better service for $20/month…

    • Kurt

      as Obama said, “Share the wealth”

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.lee.790256 Brandon Lee

    All of this nonsense is just fueling my decision to switch back to T-Mobile, ASAP. And I haven’t had them since The G1 came out…

    • KewlDewd

      I was a happy T-Mobile customer before I got the iPhone 3g when it came out. I’m going to seriously consider switching back too.

  • ap3604

    Author of this article is an idiot who doesn’t research things properly before making troll articles to rile things up.

    From The Verge:
    “While it’s true that both Verizon and Sprint actually have HIGHER administrative line charges”

    • hocus86

      I believe you are the idiot/troll for not reading the whole article:

      “As if it’s any consolation, the spokesperson explains the move is “consistent with similar fees charged by other carriers.”

      While this is true – and Verizon’s administrative line charges are arguably the highest in the industry – I doubt AT&T’s unsuspecting customers will welcome the move.”

  • KewlDewd

    I got a text from ATT an hour ago trying to get me to sign a 2 year contract for a discounted iPhone upgrade. Now I see they’re trying to get me for 2 more years before I hear about the new fee. Jerks.

  • himynameisBLiNK

    .61 cents per line?? sheesh, i’d like to give more

  • Francisco Perez

    I got a 2year contract with them a couple months ago.
    WOW…..

  • http://www.idownloadblog.com Sebastien

    That’s a good point. I’m not sure if that would work though since technically, the TOS are still the same. You might want to talk to your local AT&T rep about that.

  • J. Rockwell

    Extremely good question!

  • Kurt

    If you do, can you let us know? reply to me. I’ll be moving back to the states next year. When I left it was Cingular, and I was happy with them. But seems now that they bought AT&T and used their name customers aren’t as happy.