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Seemed like our phone bill was just going up, Up, UP, but I do everything online, and never really looked at our paper billing, so I just figured that the rates had gone up or something, you know?

Imagine my HORROR to find that:

1) For BASIC phone service, JUST to be able to make local calls, and AT&T's "package" of Caller ID and Call Waiting,

which costs $23/mo,

we're paying an ADDITIONAL $11.93 for Surcharges and Taxes;

AND

2) AT&T now allows third parties to add THEIR charges to your phone bill!!!

Evidently Dear signed up for something TOTALLY unrelated,
and a company called HBS Billing Services signed us up for their BOGUS ID Theft Protection!!!

CHECK YOUR PAPER BILLS, peeps!!!

I called AT&T, and if you TELL Them To, ONLY THEN will they BLOCK these sorry-assed "third party" mofo's.

Unfortunately, that blockage does NOT extend to the ABSOLUTE RIP OFF by the Federal gov of the added Surcharges and Taxes.

FUCK! That is 51.9 % they're ADDING to a BASIC SERVICE that no one can live without!!!

To say that I'm absolutely FURIOUS over this would be the Understatement of the CENTURY!!!
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My wife has had to call them to remove 3rd party unauthorized charges several times. I would have just paid it without reviewing. Mine is the cell bill though.
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I'd bet that most of that "Taxes and Fees" goes into AT&T's pocket, not the Federal Government. As far as I can find, the federal tax is 3%.
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prob a 12% service fee to handle the 3%
they are stealing from thier customers
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Quote: Originally Posted by fyrenza View Post
Seemed like our phone bill was just going up, Up, UP, but I do everything online, and never really looked at our paper billing, so I just figured that the rates had gone up or something, you know?

Imagine my HORROR to find that:

1) For BASIC phone service, JUST to be able to make local calls, and AT&T's "package" of Caller ID and Call Waiting,

which costs $23/mo,

we're paying an ADDITIONAL $11.93 for Surcharges and Taxes;

AND

2) AT&T now allows third parties to add THEIR charges to your phone bill!!!

Evidently Dear signed up for something TOTALLY unrelated,
and a company called HBS Billing Services signed us up for their BOGUS ID Theft Protection!!!

CHECK YOUR PAPER BILLS, peeps!!!

I called AT&T, and if you TELL Them To, ONLY THEN will they BLOCK these sorry-assed "third party" mofo's.

Unfortunately, that blockage does NOT extend to the ABSOLUTE RIP OFF by the Federal gov of the added Surcharges and Taxes.

FUCK! That is 51.9 % they're ADDING to a BASIC SERVICE that no one can live without!!!

To say that I'm absolutely FURIOUS over this would be the Understatement of the CENTURY!!!
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prob a 12% service fee to handle the 3%
they are stealing from thier customers
It's the same as "Shipping and Handling".... gotta wonder how much of the cost is shipping, and how much is handling...
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I have the most basic AT&T call set -up that charges me $$ for every call I make so I have to watch those 10 cent a minute out of area calls. BUT....I don't make many calls. Plus I have basic $20 DSL and Caller ID. My bill is always around $50.
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prob a 12% service fee to handle the 3%
they are stealing from thier customers
It's the same as "Shipping and Handling".... gotta wonder how much of the cost is shipping, and how much is handling...
How about those 15% restocking fees!!
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We use a calling card that charges less than 2 per minute for any long distance calls in the US ~

we don't make many, so our $25 / 19 HOURS of talk time lasts about 4 to 6 months!

And they've gotten smart about calling cards ~ our home phone is "recognized" by the service, so there is NO humongous ID/PIN to key in!

RE: Cell Phones

You're STILL getting all of those surcharges/taxes added to your bill.

RE: Surcharges and Taxes

This site outlines what monies go where:

Charges on your phone bill
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Seemed like our phone bill was just going up, Up, UP, but I do everything online, and never really looked at our paper billing, so I just figured that the rates had gone up or something, you know?

Imagine my HORROR to find that:

1) For BASIC phone service, JUST to be able to make local calls, and AT&T's "package" of Caller ID and Call Waiting,

which costs $23/mo,

we're paying an ADDITIONAL $11.93 for Surcharges and Taxes;

AND

2) AT&T now allows third parties to add THEIR charges to your phone bill!!!

Evidently Dear signed up for something TOTALLY unrelated,
and a company called HBS Billing Services signed us up for their BOGUS ID Theft Protection!!!

CHECK YOUR PAPER BILLS, peeps!!!

I called AT&T, and if you TELL Them To, ONLY THEN will they BLOCK these sorry-assed "third party" mofo's.

Unfortunately, that blockage does NOT extend to the ABSOLUTE RIP OFF by the Federal gov of the added Surcharges and Taxes.

FUCK! That is 51.9 % they're ADDING to a BASIC SERVICE that no one can live without!!!

To say that I'm absolutely FURIOUS over this would be the Understatement of the CENTURY!!!
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Cool

Thank y'all for the suggestions!!!

And, after paying for PORTABILITY,

I expect we can KEEP our phone number!

Okay, but our internet is through AT&T, also, so now what do we do for THAT?

p.s. Stealing the neighbor's signal is ONLY considered an Extreme Emergency Solution.
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