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Don't Waste Your Money: Cell phone carriers' sneaky new fees

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Cell phone companies always seem to offer great deals, like free phones, unlimited data, and all the texting you want. Then why is that monthly bill $100 or more? A new report says one reason is that carriers have found many new ways to nickel and dime you.

Hey, What's This New Fee?

In the past few weeks, a number of people have complained to us about a little new fee for AT&T wireless customers. It's a new 61 cent monthly "administrative fee." Nothing big, but according to the blog How-to-Geek it's just the latest "nickel and dime fee."

The blog's list of sneaky cell phone fees include:

-Administrative fees: Don't switch to Verizon to avoid it, because they have the exact same charge.

-Tethering charges: To use your same data plan on another device. This is essentially the same thing as...

-Mobile hotspot fees: These let you connect an iPad and other devices to your smart phone's data plan.

-Text message fees: Why is messaging still separate, when it could simply be part of our data plan?

Doesn't That Stink?

From the doesn't that stink file comes perhaps the worst nickel and dime fee of all: international roaming fees.

If you don't check with your carrier before going to Mexico, Canada, or Europe, you could be the next person with a $1,000 cell phone bill.

The How-to-Geek blog says carriers are free to charge whatever markup they want on international roaming. And they do.

My advice? If you hate all these extra fees, look seriously at prepaid no contract plans, whether from the major carriers or places like Walmart and Best Buy. They are cheaper, and often won't nickel and dime you.

That way you don't waste your money.

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