Definition of Charges & Fees


Device Replacement Fee is assessed when you purchase a new device at a promotional price prior to the end of your two-year contract period. By purchasing your device at a discounted price (often referred to as a promotional price), you agreed to remain a customer and keep your current device for two years. This fee is prorated based on the length of time you had the device under your most recent promotional offer contract.

Activation Costs are charges assessed at the beginning of a service contract representing the costs for equipment (including applicable taxes), an activation fee, and a deposit, if applicable. An activation fee can also be applied to certain plan changes.

Basic Early Termination Fee is assessed when disconnecting service prior to the end of the two-year promotional contract period. By purchasing your basic mobile phone at a discounted price (often referred to as a promotional price), you agreed to remain a customer and keep your current device for two years. This fee is prorated based on the length of time you had the device under your most recent promotional offer contract. The Basic Early Termination Fee could also be referred to as a Liquidated Damage Termination Charge.

Advanced Early Termination Fee is assessed when disconnecting service prior to the end of the two-year promotional offer contract period. By purchasing a PDA/Smartphone or advanced mobile phone at a discounted price (often referred to as a promotional price), you agreed to keep your current device and use a data plan or applicable data feature for two years. This fee is prorated based on the length of time you had the device and data service under your most recent promotional offer contract. The Advanced Early Termination Fee could also be referred to as a Liquidated Damage Termination Charge.

Local Taxes represent various local taxes levied on your wireless service. The amount and application of these taxes may differ by municipality.

Local Number Portability Cost Recovery Fee is a fixed, monthly charge through which telecommunication companies may recover certain costs of providing local number portability service. Recoverable costs include the costs of creating new facilities, physically upgrading or improving the existing wireless network, and performing the ongoing functions associated with providing local number portability. The FCC determined that telecommunications companies might recover certain costs of providing local number portability through a monthly charge on customers' invoices.

Mississippi Telecommunications Tax was enacted by the Mississippi Legislature and applies a 5.5% tax to all wireless and landline interstate calls. This tax affects calls originating within Mississippi and terminating outside the state or calls originating outside the state and terminating within Mississippi. The Mississippi Telecommunications Tax does not affect intrastate calls, which are calls that both originate AND terminate within Mississippi.

Monthly Access is the fixed amount you pay each month, which is determined by your chosen voice/data plan and features, if applicable. Your monthly access charge will remain the same each month unless you switch plans or add or remove features. Any changes to your service take effect immediately.

State Established 911 Service Charge was enacted by state legislatures to support the maintenance and improvement of the 911 system. The monthly fee varies by state.

State Mandated 911 Training Service Charge provides for the training of personnel and ongoing maintenance and as-needed improvement of the statewide 911 system, including the construction of enhanced facilities and the installation of new equipment.

State Taxes represent various state taxes levied on your wireless service. The amount and application of these taxes may differ by state.

Universal Service Fund uses a portion of your wireless bill to ensure that telephone service is available to low-income or rural families, communities and health-care providers and that access to the Internet is affordable for schools and libraries. The Universal Service Administration Company administers the fund.

Usage Summary/Costs reflect the total airtime, amount and/or cost of voice or data usage. Usage may be categorized by where it occurred (e.g. in your Primary Area or while roaming) or by the cost (e.g. free, included in your voice or data plan, a one-time charge, or as an additional charge not covered by your existing services).