Monday, January 31, 2011

Sprint Surcharges, Taxes, Fees and other Charges

A look at your monthly mobile phone bill will tell you that one needs to pay for surcharges, taxes, fees and other charges in addition to your usage. You are obligated under you cell phone contract to pay these surcharges, taxes, fees and other charges. However, understanding and knowing about these charges may one understanding the need to pay for them. Let's look at some of these charges that are included in your Sprint monthly bill.

Now, these surcharges, taxes, fees and other charges may vary according to your wireless service and your geographical location.

Administrative Charge: this fee is applied per line, per month by Sprint to help defray various costs imposed on Sprint by other telecommunications carriers. It not required to be collected by law and the calculation for this charge are subject to change from time to time.
Regulatory Charge: This fee is collected to help defray costs of various federal, state, and local regulatory programs. It not required to be collected by law and the calculation for this charge are subject to change from time to time.

Gross Receipts Recovery: This fee is charged to recover receipts taxes and excise imposed by some states, counties, and cities. It not required to be collected by law.
State & Local Taxes: Some States, counties, cities, and special taxing districts assess various taxes on Sprint communication services and/or the sales and rentals of wireless phones. These charges are remitted to the jurisdiction that is assessing the tax.

State & Local Required 911 Charges: Some states and localities require wireless carriers to collect a fee for 911 funds. These fees vary by state and locality.

Federal & State Universal Service Fund Assessment: All interstate telecommunications service providers are required to contribute to the Federal Universal Service Fund (USF) and some states may require Sprint to contribute to a State Universal Service Fund (USF).

These are just some of the surcharges, taxes, fees and other charges that are included in your monthly bill. I hope you'll get a better understanding of these fees after this post.

Stay tuned for more mobile phone contract related topics.

5 comments:

KP said...

A BETTER UNDERSTANDING...REALLY?where in the contractual agreement does Sprint state this SURCHARGE IS A FLUCTUATING FEE and I am asking for page and paragraph?
What determines the scale of Fluctuation?
Is there a CAP? If so what is that amount?
Does the FCC consider this a legal charge? If so, where does it so state this?
Does the FCC know?
Has anyone contacted the FCC or any other Governmental Agency to inquire?

KP said...

Ok...
So I pay TAXES on my bill...I pay for SPRINT service...and I pay SPRINT's Taxes and Fees?!? REALLY?!!! And that's not PROBLEMATIC? NOT DOUBLE DIPPING? Let's EXAMINE THAT SHALL WE?

FRITZ said...

ITHINK SPRINT IS MAKINKG BILLIONS OF DOLLARS CLOSE TO AS MUCH AS THE GVT, IS CHARGING US . NOT ONLY WE PAID SPRINT , TAXES WE HAVE TO PAID SPRINT SO MUCH FEES FOR SURCHARGE. I THINK WE SHOULD DO SOMTHINGS ABOUT IT JUST LIKE THE PEOPLES DID FOR THE BANKS FEES.

WHY IS THAT THE FLAT FEE PHONE SERVICES LIKE METRO PCS DON'T HAVE TO PAID NEITHER TAXES SURCHARGES FEES???????
PLEASE ADVISE

Jake said...

You could always just.. not buy their service. I mean, Sprint was never obligated to sell you anything. I know if the government required me to pay a fee for each of my customers, I'd certainly pass that along to them to maintain the same profit cap.

Fee fluctuation is discussed int eh fine print on this page:
http://support.sprint.com/support/article/Know_about_Sprint_surcharges_taxes_fees_and_other_charges/case-ib376964-20090810-135914?docid=7561&docid=7549&navtypeid=6&pagetypeid=7&prevPageIndex=3&lid=y

If it's that bad, why not get a 'tracphone' or other pay-as-you-go type phone?

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