at&t taxes, etc. in Orange County/California

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by vega07, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. vega07 macrumors 65816

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    to those who have received their first bill, will you please tell me how much you were charged in fees, taxes, and surcharges?

    I thought t-mo was bad but after looking at a sample bill from my online wireless account (I haven't received my actual first bill yet), at&t (no surprise here) beats t-mo hands down.

    for my first bill (included the prorating), there is a charge of $30.96 for taxes, fees, and surcharges. and for every month after, it drops down to $15.37. so I guess it's around 15-16 bucks for these charges.

    is this really what I will see on my bills? what are you guys charged on your actual bills?

    I paid around 7-8 bucks when I was with t-mo. but this increase or should i say HUGE JUMP (2x) screams SCAM to me.

    at&t really does suck. I hate that I love the iphone.
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I've heard T-Mobile panned for fees several times, but I pay less than $5 in fees on T-Mobile, and even your $7-8 sounds lower than anything I've ever heard of before. I know AT&T's fees and surcharges are not lower (what you described sounds typical), but is anyone lower than the $5-8 (and if not, why complain about T-Mobile?)?
     
  3. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    now seeing at&t's charges, I sure wish I was back with t-mo.
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    That's actually most of why I'm so hesitant to switch to AT&T. My plan costs less than the comparable 2G (and even less than the comparable 3G) plan, and then the fees are quite a bit more. Between the two, if I went for feature parity, it sounds like I'd pay about $45/mo more with AT&T, and if I went for reduced but livable features (less minutes, and less SMS), it would still be about $30/mo more, at least. So I really would like 3G, and yet... I'm paying less than $70/mo inclusive of fees now, for 1000 minutes and 500 SMS, and I'm not inclined to leave that plan.
     
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    i'm live in orange county and for the base everything plan with $5 text option i paid $4.45 in taxes and stuff. i don't know why you're getting charged $15-16.
     
  6. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Well I don't live in California but here is my bill details...

    iPhone 3G
    Monthly Service $109.99
    Credit's, Adj & Other Charges + Goverment Fees & Taxes $12.89

    Laptop Connect Card
    Monthly Service $60.00
    Credit's, Adj & Other Charges + Goverment Fees & Taxes $5.33

    For a wonderful total of $188.21 :)
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    So what's your total actual monthly bill, then?
     
  8. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    log onto your online wireless account, click on my profile, then user information. scroll down to contract information and click on customer service summary.

    you will then download a rough estimate of your very first bill and bills thereafter.

    mind sharing with us what your taxes amount to as suggested by the document you downloaded?
     
  9. Rybold macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. I live in Laguna Hills. I only pay $4.45 in taxes.
     
  10. theappleguy24 macrumors newbie

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    I live in OC and mine are also $15.49? That can't be right...I have the 39.99 option + 1500 for $15.00. I just purchased my iphone on the 22nd and if these are the taxes, I might have to change my mind on this phone. What gives? Is it because its my first 3g bill?
     
  11. goosnarrggh macrumors 68000

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    You mean to say that "other charges, fees & taxes" are all lumped together into a single line item with no further details or explanations? I'd find it insulting if any contractor tried to pass that kind of "detail" off on an invoice to me.

    I suggest you get on the line with customer service and persist until you find out the exact name and purpose of each and every fee and service charge that's being applied to your account.
     
  12. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    i read elsewhere that when you sign the contract, you agree to these (*coughs* FRAUDULENT!!) charges.

    what I'm hoping now is that my ACTUAL bill is only 5-6-7 dollars. maybe the sample bill online is wrong...god I hope so.
     
  13. theappleguy24 macrumors newbie

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    Well we do have a return policy to take the phone back if we dont like it right?

    I mean my first pro rated one is 15.49. So Does that mean after my second bill it will drop back down to $4 something?
     
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think the way they're reported is pretty pro forma and doesn't vary much from carrier to carrier... that's not so much the question as how much the charges are / should be.

    Usually, the service charges are summarized at the front of the bill, but if you dig, they're also broken out. This is an example, from my current month's bill with T-Mobile...

    Code:
    Taxes, Fees and Surcharges
    	Item 	Amount 	
    	Government Fees and Taxes
    	Federal Universal Service Fund 	0.91 	
    	State Sales Tax 	2.59 	
    	Operational 911 Charge 	0.19 	
    	County 911 	0.18 	
    	Regulatory Programs Fee* 	0.86 	
    	Taxes, Fees and Surcharges 	4.73 	
    So in my example, my bill is $71.19 = 39.99 for airtime, 19.99 for internet and hotspots, 4.99 for SMS (64.97 total for all the "monthly plans"), $4.73 in surcharges, and $1.49 in getting dinged for one 411 call ( :rolleyes: ... my usual bill is around $69.50 ... the surcharges vary by a few cents each month, but not AFAIK by more than $0.25....).

    FWIW my phone area code is 248 (Detroit) and my address is in Chicago. IIRC, some phone charges actually go by the locality that owns your phone number (Detroit for me), and not the one in which you live... so sometimes your surcharges will change if you change your phone number to a new area code, but they do not generally if you move. That's federally mediated, AFAIK, and not up to the carriers.

    Although I do note that everyone who claims that they have $4 or $5 surcharges from AT&T seems to decline to actually provide more of their billing details, whereas everyone who says they have higher charges (which seems to be the norm from other threads and from talking to friends) has provided the overall data.

    Can some people post their equivalent fee breakout for AT&T... preferably both people who do and do not have "high" (>$10) surcharges?
     
  15. ottergal macrumors member

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    I'm not sure what you mean by fraudulent.. the only charge that's on your bill that the cellular companies are keeping is the regulatory recovery cost fee. That's a fee that the companies can levy against customers to offset the cost of implimenting goverment programs (like number portability). MIne shows as $1.25.

    Everything else is a passthrough... so if you don't like it, take it up with the government.

    (for the record, the taxes/fees on my first bill were really high:

    Activation Fee 36.00
    Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge 1.25
    City Utility Users Surcharge 12.96
    Federal Universal Service Charge 5.15
    TOTAL CREDITS, ADJUSTMENTS & OTHER CHARGES $55.36
    Government Fees & Taxes
    COUNTY 911 SERVICE FEE 0.50
    State 911 Service Fee 0.20
    State Sales Tax 14.03
    City Sales Tax 5.10
    TOTAL GOVERNMENT FEES & TAXES $19.83

    TOTAL AMOUNT DUE $236.67

    That's what the proration and activation fee gets ya. Ouch.
     
  16. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    those are some crazy charges right there. I have definitely never heard of "City Utility Users Surcharge." Which city do you live in?

    I somewhat jokingly say fraudulent because I was never bombarded with these fees with t-mo. so I can tell you that some of these charges have nothing to do with the government and are labeled as so, so we, consumers, won't argue. they're just means for at&t to rob us of more of our money.
     
  17. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    This is a pro-rate bill, correct, meaning that all these surcharges are for a longer period than one month? So basically, though, it seems like most of the variance between your charges and mine stem from these three things. Again, I'm fairly sure these all tie to the area code the phone number has, and not your billing address. For instance, Illinois has a high sales tax and Chicago has City Sales Tax, but they are not reflected on my bill (but rather the lower state sales tax in MI and the lack of a city sales tax outside of the actual city limits of Detroit, as 248 is a suburban number).

    I dunno about the city utility surcharge... like you surmise, it's almost certainly just your city governance and there's nothing sensible you can do about it. The taxes are obviously dependent on where you live, as some states don't even have sales tax, and some have very high sales tax and also levy city sales taxes....
     
  18. ottergal macrumors member

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    I'm in Seattle (with a Bellevue number and billing address), so yes, your mileage may vary. ;) I used to be with TMO, too, and the only different line on my TMO bill was that there was a line designating "local sales tax" and it looks like AT&T might split that out differently. I used to work in cellular billing, and I know that everything that's on that bill (other than that recovery fee) is something that is passed through and remitted to a government agency. Yes, the fees are high, but that's not where cellular companies are making their money.

    (found an old TMobile bill.. they charged for

    Federal Universal Service Fund
    State Sales Tax
    City Utility Users Tax
    Local Sales Tax
    State 911
    County 911
    Regulatory program fee (their sneaky one)


    And mkrishnan: yes, this was my first bill and was a good 7 weeks of service charges. So I'm not freaked out, it's what it is. :)
     
  19. theappleguy24 macrumors newbie

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    This is what i want to know is that on your first bill after you got the iphone, was the taxes and all that higher than usual? Cause if thats the case and it drops back down to around $4 something, I am ok with that.
     
  20. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    They are broke down in detail on the full bill, I was just trying to give the OP an idea of what my Taxes and such are every month. Sorry for the confusion, just trying to give some more info.
     
  21. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Here is a more detailed break down of my fee's...

    iPhone 3G w/900 anytime minutes and unlimited texting

    Credits, Adjustments & Other Charges
    Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge $0.20
    Federal Universal Service Charge $2.45
    Oklahoma Universal Service $0.35

    Total Credit, Adjustments & Other Charges
    911 Service Fee $0.50
    State Sales Tax $4.96
    County Sales Tax $1.12
    City Sales Tax $3.31
     
  22. theappleguy24 macrumors newbie

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    See thats like a lot in taxes.

    Mine is like this

    Where I got that information was in the online att account. I went to view profile>user information>Customer Service summary.

    My contract is till 8/22 2010

    It gives a estimated summary on credits adjustments and other charges:

    Regulatory coast recovery charge: .43 Cents
    Federal universal service fund: $2.74
    Other Att surcharges: .16
    State and local Tax: $12.19
    911 fee: $3.30

    total: $15.49


    My first bill has not arrived yet but thats what it says on the estimated total on the bottom.

    I am paying for 39.99 for the voice, $15 for text, and $30 for the data service plan which is $85 total. The $15.49 tax brings it to $105. I also have a 22% discount I get with them(been with att for 8 years now) but that does not show on the estimate. I have a friend who has this exact plan and pays around $90 without the discount and only $4 something for his taxes.
     
  23. vega07 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    that's around 13 bucks in taxes...

    to me, that's a lot. but maybe it's acceptable because you have the 900 plan and unlimited texting.
     
  24. theappleguy24 macrumors newbie

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    Can you please post a breakdown of what you pay on your bill for local and gov taxes?
     
  25. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    :eek:

    That is terrible, $2.80 more than my 911 service?!? What is that? Premium 911? :eek:
     

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