I have to admit I am a little bit of a sucker when someone prices something as $39.99, in that I think of it more as in the high-thirties, and not as $40–which for all intents and purpopses, it really is.
But I am not so stupid as to think of $39.99 as being very close to $45.29.
We’re talking about bare-bones, cheapest Verizon Mobile plan. They call it their $39 plan (not even mentioning the extra 99Â¢). But when I get the bill it’s $45.29.
Hey, what happened to my $39 plan?
That’s 13.25% higher than they quoted me. Yeah, yeah, I heard them mutter in really fast, hushed tones “notincludingtaxesandothercharges.”
What are the other charges besides taxes?
Look at this image of my Verizon phone bill extra charges.
A Usage Fee? Well, what the heck is the $39.99 for? I thought that was for using the service. So I can limit my bill to $39.99 if I don’t use my phone? Why have a phone, then?
Me: Hi, I just wanted to ask why my $39.99 per month phone bill is higher than $39.99 when I didn’t do any text messaging, video or picture trading, or calling Directory Information, or anything…
Verizon: Well, did you use the phone?
Me: Well, yeaahh…
Verizon: There is an additional charge for using your phone, sir.
Taxes and Usage Charges amount to 13.25% more. That’s insane. It’s robbery. If you bought, say, a new Ford Escape for $30,000 and they charged you an additional $13.25% on the spot—that’s $3975—you’d sure have something to say about it.
Ford: Well, are you planning to use it?