7 Tips for Avoiding Bill Shock Now

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 6:52 PM | 5 Comments

The FCC thinks without automatic usage alerts, it can be hard to know when you are running up a surprisingly high wireless bill. Today it came out with some advice of how to go about avoiding your surprising high cell phone bill. The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB) launched an initiative on “bill shock” – the experience of getting an unexpectedly high wireless phone bill.

The FCC recommends the following 7 strategies to avoid bill shock today.

  1. Understand your calling pattern

    Understand your calling pattern for making voice calls, and ask your carrier for a plan that would be best for your kind of use.

  2. Infrequent phone user

    If you are an infrequent phone user, consider a pre-paid plan. Because you “pre-pay” for all your minutes, these plans make it impossible to go over your set limit.

  3. Understand roaming charges

    Understand what your roaming charges are and where you will incur them. Make sure that the phone’s screen will tell you when you are roaming.

  4. Understand data and text plans

    If you have used data and text plans before, talk to your carrier about the plan that will be best for you. Consider an unlimited plan if your data or text usage is high enough.

  5. Understand International calls

    If you expect to be taking your phone outside the U.S. and potentially using it for voice or data (including email), make certain to find out beforehand what charges may apply.

  6. Ask your carrier for help

    Ask how your carrier can help you avoid bill shock – with phone or text alerts, by letting you monitor your account online, or by giving you other information.

  7. File complaint with FCC

    If you have tried to resolve the issue with your carrier and cannot reach an acceptable resolution, complain to the FCC. You can call FCC Consumer Center, toll-free, at 1-888-CALL FCC (1-888-225-5322), or file a complaint on the Web at http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm.

In a Nutshell
Take action in accordance with the above FCC directives of how to go about avoiding bill shock now.

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  1. 5 Responses to “7 Tips for Avoiding Bill Shock Now”

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  5. By Richard Hurst on Jan 17, 2017, 3:30 am | Reply

    Whoa, this has a great talking point, everyone wants a low cost of monthly bill especially for the landline users, however, this article is worth it to read and pay attention if you want to avoid the heavy bill.

    Great post, Shafi!
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