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Compare Cell Phone Fees

All fees are for smartphones. Fees for basic/feature phones and prepaid service may vary.
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Carrier-Based Fees

Carrier
Activation Fee
Phone Upgrade Fee
Early Termination Fee
Additional Line for Family Plan
Late Payment Fee
Administrative Fee
Regulatory Charge
T-Mobile
$0
$0
$50-$200 depending on days remaining on contract
$80 for first two lines, $10 for each additional (up to four)
Greater of $5 or 1.5 percent
N/A
$1.61/line
AT&T
$36
$36
Up to $325 ($10 less each month)
$40 for each smartphone (up to 10)
$5
61 cents/line
Up to $1.25/line
Sprint
$36
$36
$100-$350 depending on months left on contract
$50 for first, $40 for second, $30 for third, $20 for each additional (up to 10 total)
Up to 5 percent (varies by state)
Up to $2.50/line
40 cents/line
Verizon Wireless
$35
$30
Up to $350 ($10 less each month)
$40 for each smartphone (up to 10 total)
Greater of $5 or 1.5 percent
90 cents/line
21 cents/line

Usage-Based Fees

Carrier
Domestic Overage Fees
Domestic Roaming
International Roaming (Without Upgrade)
International Upgrade for Service Outside the U.S.
International Upgrade for Service From the U.S.
411 Fee
T-Mobile
None, but data slowed after monthly allotment is reached on cheaper plans
No fee, but data roaming limited by plan
20 cents/minute, free messaging, free limited-bandwidth data in 100+ countries; elsewhere calling rates vary, 20-50 cents/text, $15/MB
High-speed data $15/day for 100MB, $25/week for 200MB, or $50/14 days for 500MB (limited-bandwidth data already included)
$7/month for reduced call rates or unlimited texting; $10/month for unlimited calls to landlines in 70+ countries, reduced call rates, and unlimited texting
$1.99 (plus airtime)
AT&T
35-45 cents/minute; 20-30 cents/message; $20/300MB or $10/GB, depending on plan
No fee, but service may be affected if off-network usage reaches 750 minutes or 40 percent of minutes over two consecutive months, 3,000 messages or 50 percent of messages over two consecutive months, or 24MB or 20 percent of KB in one month
$1/minute in Canada and Mexico, $1.50/minute in Europe region, $2.60/minute elsewhere; 20 cents/text received, 50 cents/text sent; 1.5 cents/KB in Canada, 1.95 cents/KB (or $19.97/MB) elsewhere
$30-$120/month for 80-500 minutes in Canada and Mexico, 30-200 minutes in Europe region, or 15-100 minutes elsewhere; $10-$60/month for 50-600 messages; $30-$120/month for 120-800MB in select countries
$3.99/month for reduced call rates; $10/month for 100 messages, $15/month for 1,000
$1.99 (plus airtime)
Sprint
Up to 45 cents/minute; 20 cents/text; 1.5 cents/MB (or $15.36/GB) without unlimited plan
Service may be affected if off-network usage reaches 800 minutes or a majority of minutes, or 100 or 300 MB (depending on plan) or a majority of KB; 25 cents/MB if customer opts to restore suspended service
59 cents-$5.99/minute; 5 cents/text received, 50 cents/text sent in most countries; 0.4 cents or 1.9 cents/KB ($4.10 or $19.46/MB) for GSM data
$4.99/month for reduced call rates ($2.99 for Canada); $40/month for 40MB or $80/month for 85MB, with $10/MB overage (cheaper for Canada and Mexico)
$4/month for reduced call rates; $10/month for unlimited texts or 20 cents/message; $15/month to use plan minutes to call select countries, in addition to reduced rates and unlimited texting
$1.79 (plus airtime)
Verizon Wireless
45 cents/minute; 20-25 cents/message; $15/500MB or GB, depending on plan
No fee
Starting at 20 cents/minute; 5-50 cents/message (plus data rates for multimedia); $2.05-$20.48/MB
$4.99/month for reduced call rates; $25/month for 100MB
$3.99/month for reduced call rates starting at 6 cents/minute; 20-50 cents/message
$1.99 (plus airtime)

by Louis DeNicola (Google+ Profile)

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