T-Mobile raising its Telco Recovery fees for older plan subscribers, prepare for a small increase in your bill

Nobody likes a raise in taxes and fees, but that's the way it's going to be for T-Mobile customers that aren't on the carrier's ONE unlimited plan. Subscribers that chose to remain on a Simple Choice plan or a different older plan will see their Telco Recovery fee for data charges jump from 83 cents to $1.01, while the voice lines fee goes up from $2.11 to $2.58. The Telco Recovery fee is T-Mobile's way to recoup its expenses for linking up with other service providers.

Granted, this hike is nothing to cry over, but it's still a little extra cash out of your pocket on a monthly basis. Thankfully, there aren't other changes like this in the pipeline, at least as far as we know right now.

Of note is that former customers of SunCom Wireless, a company the Magenta carrier acquired in 2008, will now have to pay this tax as well. Previously, they were exempt from the Regulatory Programs and Telco Recovery Fees that T-Mobile customers are paying. So that's $3.59 in Telco fees and 75 cents in Regulatory Programs fees. T-Mobile uses the latter to compensate for government compliance measures.

All of these measures will take effect on June 10. What are everyone's thoughts on this?


source: Pocket Now



1. md227a

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Still cheaper then changing to the unlimited plan.

2. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

This is why Sprint and T-Mobile shouldn't be allowed to merge (price hike). Why should we older plan people pay for a recovery fee and the other shouldn't? Time to compare pricing.

4. droiduh

Posts: 101; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

"Not A Penny More" hmm?

5. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

They are trying to be the Verizon of GSM. We all jump on Verizon and At&t back for nickel and dime their customers. T-Mobile will be held to the same standard!

6. trublackrose

Posts: 45; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

They have to make up for those Taxes/Fees bundled in with the new plans somehow.

7. g2a5b0e unregistered

Was 65 cents really worth an entire article? I don't usually say this, but it must be a slow news day.

8. Bernoulli

Posts: 4364; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Well let's see: it's 65 cents per line, and t mobile currently has roughly 60 million subscribers, so $0.65*60,000,000= $39,000,000 wouldn't you say 39 million dollars isn't a lot of money? Am sure t mobile can benefit from that much money.

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