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Products that have chips that allow connectivity to the internet and that learn user’s habits grab attention at CES in Las Vegas. (Jan. 5) AP
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What to expect at CES 2017
LAS VEGAS — Have you examined your cellphone bill lately? You’re on a monthly rate plan of say $40 a month per line for service, but after the requisite taxes, surcharges and fees are piled on, you’re paying a lot more.
T-Mobile US President and CEO John Legere during the Un-carrier Next event at CES on Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo: Bizuayehu Tesfaye/AP Images for T-Mobile)
At CES, T-Mobile said it is eliminating such excess fees under an “all-in” T-Mobile One plan that is supposed to remove sticker shock at the end of the month.
No, the government isn’t suddenly given you a free pass on taxes. It’s just that T-Mobile says it will absorb them, along with other fees. So if your plan says you’ll pay $70 for service, your bill will amount to seven-zero.
Exceptions to the rule: You’ll still be saddled with late fees. And new customers still pay for a SIM starter kit.
“Taxes and fees aren’t going away, we’re investing in our customers,” insists T-Mobile CEO John Legere, who says wireless customers now fork over $17.2 billion in such fees yearly.
T-Mobile also promised to never change the price you pay under T-Mobile One, unless you choose to change it yourself for some future plan. And it said that when you use 2 GB or less in a given month, you’ll get a $10 credit on your next month’s bill per line. This “Kickback” piece as it is called is roughly similar to Google’s Project Fi, which credits you back for data you don’t use.
The current T-Mobile One starts at $70 for a single line, and amounts to $40 per line for a family of four.
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It’ll be interesting to see how or if T-Mobile’s rivals react to this notion of removing the various fees.
T-Mobile claims the $110 family plan rival Verizon advertises on its web site adds up to $210.70 for a family of four on average, because carriers could slap you with up to 75 other surcharges, bogus fees and assorted taxes that it says jacks up the price by more than $100 monthly.
As an added enticement to get customers from other carriers to defect, T-Mobile said that starting Friday customers can get $150 per line up to 12 lines for every line that switches.
Legere made the announcements at CES, ripping on his competitors in his typical fashion, four years after he appeared at the trade show to unleash the first of a series of “Un-carrier” moves such as eliminating wireless contracts, that proved disruptive in the industry. It has helped fuel growth at a company that Legere said back then was “being sold for parts.”
Today, T-Mobile announced that it will have added more than 8 million new customers for the third year in the row, bringing its total customer count to 71.5 million at the end of 2016.
Back-patting aside, Legere's talk after the press conference threatened to overshadow the carrier's latest strategy to hive off customers from its rivals.
In a Q&A, he said in the future structure of the industry — presumably one where Donald Trump is appointing regulators — a Sprint-T-Mobile merger isn't off the table.
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