Starting June 10, 2017, the Regulatory Programs & Telco Recovery Fee for select T-Mobile accounts will increase. The cost will go from $2.71 to $3.18 for voice lines, while data lines will see their fee increase from $0.98 to $1.16.
This change doesn’t affect T-Mobile customers on a T-Mobile One plan with taxes and fees included. It does affect all other T-Mo customers, though. T-Mobile also notes that while former SunCom Wireless customers have been exempt from this fee in the past, those customers will begin to incur that fee on June 10 unless they’re on a T-Mobile One taxes and fees included plan.
Here’s T-Mobile’s explanation about what this fee covers:
“This is not a government tax, rather a fee collected and retained by T-Mobile to help recover certain costs we have already incurred and continue to incur. It includes: 1) Funding and complying with government mandates, programs and obligations, like E911 or local number portability ($0.60 of the total charge for voice lines and $0.15 for data only lines), and 2) Charges imposed on T-Mobile by other carriers for the delivery of calls from our customers to theirs, and by third parties for certain network facilities and services we purchase to provide you with service (Up until 6/10/2017, it will be $2.11 of the total charge for voice lines or $0.83 for data only lines; From 6/10/2017 on it will be $2.58 of the total charge for voice lines or $1.01 for data only lines).”
Fee increases like this are always kind of a bummer, but at least we’re getting a notice about this change a few weeks in advance. For T-Mobile’s full rundown