Tuesday, January 15, 2008

ATT Adds New Charge for VOIP

AT&T's CallVantage VoIP service is adding recovery fees, according to a user or two on DSLReports.com. The new "carrier cost recovery fee" will be from $0.99 to $2.39 per month and, according to the press release:

This fee helps AT&T recover costs associated with providing state-to-state and international long distance service including expenses for national regulatory fees and programs and, connection and account servicing charges.

Personally, I can't see how consumers don't get upset over this behavior. Fees, charges, taxes - it ends up adding 10-18% to the bill. And most of it is crap that really means "we-need-to-add-more-profit-as-a-surcharge". How the F-Agencies (both the FTC and the FCC) don't put a stop to this is beyond me. It is falso advertising!

If you market or quote your service as $29.99 -- the only additional charge should be legitimate taxes.

BTW, VZ has added taxes to the DSL bill for NSP's per the Florida Communications Tax bill.

And as long as I am on th esubject of BS surcharges, ViaTalk is adding about $3.50 per month to recover costs for 911 and profit. See the article at DSLReports.

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