Originally Posted by Trajectory
Not really. You fail the realize that Rogers customers must commit to a 3-year contract, whereas AT&T wants you to commit to a 2-year contract. That means Rogers gets a whole additional year of charging you $100+ per month.
We didn't list the term lengths in this commentary as it too differs around the world. The argument maybe mute as most subscribers continue their services year after year. The primary difference being that the subscriber gets to 'upgrade' the cell phone 'sooner', 'at the same interval', or later. On this note, we are not sure just how good the offered 'upgrades' truly are.
Many don't realize that the price of new 'upgrade's has become lower in value over the years. Thus customers will upgrade to the newer version at a 'slightly' higher price in order get the latest features.Notice, I did not include 'system access fee' (SAF) that Rogers charges, but apparently Fido or some others don't?
Firstly, the system access fee "…began as a government licensing charge in the 1980s to cellphone providers for using public airwaves. In 1986, the government transferred the collection of the fee to cellphone providers, who were to incorporate them into their monthly charges. Instead, the carriers opted to keep them separate.
It is that last statement that suggest that there is a government surcharge that Rogers post separately?
"For those that signed up for an iPhone 3G, your bill statement after calculating your monthly plan, data plan, taxes, 911 emergency fee, and the dreaded System Access Fee (SAF) could be close to almost $100 per month. Owning an iPhone 3G can be expensive if you’re on a data plan and subscribed to a value pack.*
The cellphone companies say the charges, which no other carriers in the world break out separately, are for ongoing maintenance and investment in their networks."†What this suggests is that where other carriers around the world do is hide their so-called system fees in their plan, whereas Rogers breaks them out.?
For example, At&T has additional monthly "discretionary charges"
that may offset Rogers' SAF, i.e.:AT&T fine print:
Total Due Monthly/Subtotal" does not include the one time activation fee, applicable taxes, Pay Per Use charges, State and Federal Universal Service Charges, Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee and other surcharges. Please visit discretionary charges
to view the estimates of the discretionary charges for your area. Your first month's statement will include a one-time activation fee, prorated monthly charge, as well as one month's charge in advance. If you are keeping an existing plan, the monthly fees you already pay will not be reflected in the shopping cart.
The amounts shown below are based on the highest fee/surcharge rates assessed in your state; your actual fees/surcharges may be less. In addition to the AT&T charges described below, you will be billed for mandatory taxes and fees imposed by federal, state, and local governments on wireless subscribers.
Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge
- State CALIFORNIA
- Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge 0.83
- Federal Universal Service Fund 11.3%
- State Universal Service Fund $0.00
- Other AT&T Surcharges 0.18%
The Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge is a charge assessed by AT&T associated with payment of government imposed fees and to recover the costs of compliance with government imposed regulatory requirements. It may include costs incurred in prior years that are not yet fully recovered. It is not a tax or charge which the government requires AT&T to collect from its customers. This charge is subject to change from time to time as the cost of compliance changes.Components of the Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge
This charge is composed of the following elements:
Federal Regulatory Fee
This component is designed to recover the annual fee imposed on AT&T by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC); this fee is assessed by the FCC on each of the entities it regulates.Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS)
This component is designed to recover the contributions that AT&T is required to make into the Federal TRS fund. This fund is designed to assist hearing and speech impaired persons with making and receiving messages.Wireless Number Portability and Number Pooling
This component is designed to recover the costs associated with the federal mandates of number portability and number pooling:Wireless Local Number Portability (WLNP)
This enables customers to keep their wireless telephone numbers when they switch wireless service providers.Number Pooling
This is a telephone number conservation method that helps to delay area code exhaust situations.Enhanced 911 (E911)
This component is designed to recover the costs in certain states where E911 cost recovery for wireless carriers does not exist or exists in a fashion that only provides partial recovery of E911-related costs. These E911 costs relate to government mandates requiring wireless carriers to deploy advanced technology to help emergency response agencies to better determine the location of the customer calling 9-1-1.Wireless Tower Mandates Costs
This component is designed to recover certain costs incurred by AT&T to comply with the additional administrative requirements associated with regulations relating to wireless towers, including regulations imposed by the National Environmental Protection Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act. This charge also recovers certain costs associated with regulations relating to historic properties impact studies, antenna registration, and costs incurred to comply with requirements related to the inspection of marked and lighted cell towers.State Area Code Relief Costs
This component is designed to recover certain costs incurred by AT&T to comply with mandated geographic splits to implement new area codes in areas where an existing area code is close to number exhaustion.Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) Notification Costs
This component is designed to recover costs incurred by AT&T to comply with FCC CPNI notice requirements.Network Outage Reporting Costs
This component is designed to recover certain costs incurred by AT&T to comply with FCC-mandated network outage reporting requirements.State Commission Annual Reporting Costs (Applies only in IN, KY, LA, NM, OH, VA, WI, WV, WY)
This component is designed to recover certain costs incurred by AT&T to comply with state-mandated annual reports and filings required to be filed with the state utility commission or other state governmental entities.Gross Receipts Surcharge (Missouri Only)
This component is designed to cover costs incurred and payments made by AT&T Mobility to settle claims related to past gross receipts taxes claimed by certain municipalities applicable to Missouri customers who are also billed a Municipal Gross Receipts Surcharge.Puerto Rico Regulatory Fee (Puerto Rico Only)
This component is designed to recover the intra-island fee imposed on AT&T by the Puerto Rico Telecommunication Regulatory Board (PRTRB); this fee is assessed by the PRTRB on Telecom Service Revenue.
Federal Universal Service Fund Fee
The Federal USF, created by the federal government, is designed to help ensure first-class, affordable telecommunications service for all consumers across the country, especially residents in high cost rural communities and low-income customers. Additionally, the Federal USF provides for discounted telecommunications services for schools, libraries and rural health-care facilities. All telecommunications providers are required to pay into the Federal USF, and their contributions may be recovered from customers.State Universal Service Fund Fee
Certain states have established state Universal Service Funds. The purpose of these state universal service funds is to ensure affordable telecommunications service for all consumers in the state, especially residents in high-cost rural areas and low-income customers. In certain states, all telecommunications providers are required to pay into these funds, and their contributions may be recovered from customers.Other AT&T Surcharges
A percentage based and/or flat fee that AT&T assesses on the customer that allows it to recover its costs with regard to specific government taxes or fees imposed on the Company's gross receipts, sales and/or property. Such fees include the State Telecommunications Relay Services, gross receipts surcharges, 911 access line charges, DEAF surcharges, local wireless surcharges, state infrastructure and similar surcharges, a property tax surcharge variable up to $1.00 (Puerto Rico only) and other fees imposed for government purposes. The Other AT&T Surcharges are remitted by the Company to the government but are not mandated charges to the customer.
It should be noted that AT&T has reported that the average iPhone user spends nearly $100 US/month for their iPhone.
Which then begs the question, are any of the services around the world much different?