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Sample Wireless Phone Bill

Place your cursor on the question marks for an explanation
of the charges on your Wireless phone bill, OR click on the links
for a printable explanation of each charge .

( Click here to view a sample Wireline phone bill. )

Cell Phone Bill - Header
 Statement: xx/xx/xx - xx/xx/xx Date:  xx/xx/xxxx
 Name: John and Jane Doe Invoice Number:  234567890
 Address: 123 Any Road Member Number:  23ABC
Any Town, Any State 00001 Billing Period:  xx/xx/xx - xx/xx/xx


SUMMARY OF CHARGES

 MONTHLY SERVICE CHARGES

 xx/xx/xx Through xx/xx/xx

     Monthly Service - Your Rate Plan:  Wireless Service Plan explanation  ........................... $35.00
     Call Forwarding:  Call Forwarding explanation  ....................................................... $0.00
     Three Way Calling:  Three Way Calling explanation  .................................................. $0.00
     Call Waiting:  Call Waiting explanation  ............................................................ $0.00
     Caller ID:  Caller ID explanation  ................................................................. $0.00
     Voicemail:  Voice Mail explanation  ............................................................... $0.00
     Text Messaging:  Text Messaging explanation  ..................................................... $0.00
   Detailed Billing:  Detailed Billing explanation
 DATE  TIME  PLACE AND NUMBER CALLED  TYPE  RATE  MINUTES  AMOUNT
 XX/XX  7:05 pm  LA, CA             (xxx) xxx-xxxx  Direct  Night  12  $0.00
 XX/XX  11:12 am  NYC,NY           (xxx) xxx-xxxx  Direct  Day    2  $0.00
 XX/XX  5:48 pm  Ames, IA          (xxx) xxx-xxxx  Direct  Day  18  $0.00
 XX/XX  12:28  pm  Phil, PA            (xxx) xxx-xxxx  Direct  Night  11  $0.00
 XX/XX  2:14  pm  Mobile, AL        (xxx) xxx-xxxx  Direct  Night/Weekend    1  $0.00
 XX/XX  9:51  pm  Stl, MO             (xxx) xxx-xxxx  Direct  Night    3  $0.00
 TOTAL MONTHLY SERVICE CHARGES ....................................... $35.00
 HOME AIRTIME CHARGES
      xx/xx/xx Through xx/xx/xx
    Category Minutes Rate Charge
      Airtime   Airtime explanation  47 included in plan $0.00
      Roaming   Roaming explanation  5 0.25 $1.25
 TOTAL HOME AIRTIME CHARGES ................................................ $1.25
 TAXES, SURCHARGES & REGULATORY FEES
     911 Surcharge  911 Surcharge explanation .............................................................................. $0.75
     Universal Connectivity Charge  Universal Connectivity Charge explanation ...................................................... $0.40
 TOTAL TAXES, SURCHARGES & REGULATORY FEES........... $1.15
 TOTAL CURRENT MONTHLY CHARGES...................................... $37.40

Disclaimer: The charges on this bill are examples only and neither the charges nor the amounts of the charges should be construed as having been accepted or approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

( Click here to view a sample Wireline phone bill. )


Printable Explanation of Charges:

Monthly Service - Your Rate Plan: 

Each wireless service plan has a unique process for billing your wireless airtime. Most monthly bills have a variety of other charges as well and may include some or all of the following charges: Call Forwarding, Three Way Calling, Call Waiting, Caller ID, Detail Billing, Voicemail and Messaging.

Call Forwarding:

This feature transfers your incoming calls to another telephone number.

Three Way Calling:

This feature holds an existing call, while a second call can be made and added to the first connection, allowing all three parties to participate.

Call Waiting: 

This feature provides a signal during a call to indicate to a customer that another party is trying to call.

Caller ID: 

This feature allows the customer to view, on a display unit, the telephone number of an incoming call. This ability to view numbers of callers depends on the interconnection agreements between participating carriers. Not all numbers will be displayed. Customers who have non-listed or non-published numbers are not automatically blocked from having their information displayed on a caller ID unit.

Voicemail:

This feature is like an answering machine; it allows callers to leave messages.

Text Messaging: 

Receiving text messages. Text messaging is used for messages that are no longer than a few hundred characters.

 Detailed Billing:

This service provides you detailed billing information such as the date, time, type of calls (incoming or outgoing) the numbers called or calling party, the duration and charges of each call.

Airtime:

Charges for actual time spent talking on the wireless phone.

Roaming: 

The use of a wireless phone outside of the "home" service area defined by a service provider. Higher per-minute rates are usually charged for calls made or received while roaming. Long distance rates and a daily access fee may also apply.

911 Surcharge:

This charge is imposed by local governments to help pay for emergency services such as fire and rescue.

Universal Connectivity Charge (sometimes called the Universal Services Fund):

Although this fee is not required by the government, many service providers choose to pass their contribution costs to their customers in the form of a minimal fee. This money goes to a fund to assure telephone service to all households.

last reviewed/updated on 01/14/09 


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