|Overage fees are no longer acceptable. It's time to abolish them once and for all.|
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In 2013, more than 20 million Americans were hit with punitive overage charges by U.S. wireless companies, and all Americans have known the fear of wireless bill shock. Overage penalties from AT&T, Verizon and Sprint take more than an incredible $1 billion out of consumers’ pockets every year. It’s time to show these companies that we’re not going to take these outrageous fees lying down anymore.
Traditional wireless plans start with a low monthly fee for a fixed amount of domestic minutes, texts or data. Once consumers go over those limits – even by a little – they’re hit with dramatically higher rates and extreme penalties. These plans seem purpose-built to drive customers over that invisible line into massive overage charges. In the USA, the cell phone provider's overage charges typically range from 40 cents per minute to 50 cents per minute. This penalty for going over the allowed minutes can add up quickly unless cell phone users watch their peak minutes usage closely.
This rate of overage charges is so high that according to MinuteWatch, an average American family could send a child to college for two years by eliminating cell phone overage charges.
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