T-Mobile To Increase Regulatory Fee, Doesn’t Allow You To Exit Contract

Word has gotten out that T-Mobile has been sending out notices like the one seen in the image above regarding an upcoming increase in T-Mobile’s Regulatory Programs Fee. While plenty of you have emailed in the last 24 hours with hopes this might give you an escape from your T-Mobile contract we don’t believe that is the case.

T-Mobile’s dedicated page to Regulatory Programs Fees highlights that any change doesn’t mandate a change in the contract or a waiver of the Early Termination Fee. While in years past carriers have often allowed customers to exit their contract early due to such changes, newer contracts allow for the company to change the fees without allowing the customer an early exit. Read the full FAQ below:

Regulatory Programs Fee

Since 2004, customers have been charged a Regulatory Programs Fee on their bill. The Regulatory Programs Fee is used to help offset costs T-Mobile incurs to comply with local, state, and federal regulations, such as E911. This fee is not a government mandated charge or tax.

Regulatory Programs Fee FAQs

What is the fee for?
The fee is assessed to help offset costs of compliance with various federal, state, and local government mandates, programs, and obligations.

Does your competition charge the fee?
Other wireless operators charge a Regulatory Programs Fee, a Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge, and/or an Administrative Charge.

Can I terminate my contract without incurring an Early Termination Fee because of the Regulatory Programs Fee increase?
No. Early Termination Fees will apply if you choose to terminate because of the Regulatory Programs Fee increase.

Is this fee applied to the account or to each line on the account?
The fee is applied to each line on the account.

Is this a one time fee?
The fee is a monthly recurring fee.

Has this fee always been assessed?
A Regulatory Programs Fee has been charged since 2004, and is disclosed at the point of sale.

How much is the fee?
The fee is currently $1.41. Effective August 15, the fee will be $1.61.

I am currently exempt from this fee. Will I now be charged as of August 15?
If you are currently exempt from the Regulatory Programs Fee, you will continue to be exempt and will not be charged.

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  • Williameasterlylll

    what the heck is these other charges i have been getting charged for years…..seems t-mobile makes a killing of me

  • Theabunai

    the .20 cents doesn’t bother me, but i would like to use it to get out of contract without ETF…  I am totally disappointed with tmobile Service in my area.. Not only HOMe but work… I get only EDGE at home and I barely get ANYTHING at work.. Not even EDGE or G… Let me address all the nut huggers out there who will say why did i stay with the contract if i knew service was bad… Well i been with Tmobile for over 15 years (when they were voicestream), I was actually able to switch carriers then since my contract was up over 5 years ago.. I DIDNT know that coverage in my area would be so terrible until i ordered a smartphone with data internet in the beggining of this year and we all know that that instills a new 2 year contract… AND what’s worse is where i live (hawaii) their MAP shows they have 3G and HSPA coverage on their map.. yet i have VIDEOS of my phone with Edge AND at time NO DATA SERVICE at my house and at work (where it has been costing me some customers and loss of money).. Now soon after receiving my phone and noticing the data was bad i called to cancel they said i couldn’t the 14 days only applies to NEW contracts… And because i got a new phone i am stuck for 2 years… I don’t see how this is fair…

  • Theabunai

    the .20 cents doesn’t bother me, but i would like to use it to get out of contract without ETF…  I am totally disappointed with tmobile Service in my area.. Not only HOMe but work… I get only EDGE at home and I barely get ANYTHING at work.. Not even EDGE or G… Let me address all the nut huggers out there who will say why did i stay with the contract if i knew service was bad… Well i been with Tmobile for over 15 years (when they were voicestream), I was actually able to switch carriers then since my contract was up over 5 years ago.. I DIDNT know that coverage in my area would be so terrible until i ordered a smartphone with data internet in the beggining of this year and we all know that that instills a new 2 year contract… AND what’s worse is where i live (hawaii) their MAP shows they have 3G and HSPA coverage on their map.. yet i have VIDEOS of my phone with Edge AND at time NO DATA SERVICE at my house and at work (where it has been costing me some customers and loss of money).. Now soon after receiving my phone and noticing the data was bad i called to cancel they said i couldn’t the 14 days only applies to NEW contracts… And because i got a new phone i am stuck for 2 years… I don’t see how this is fair…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KHVW2VO2VDIH4YVP2ZT3AHXCU John Doe

    If you reimburse 100 people, that’s $20. Think of the MILLONS TMo is getting from this tiny little increase.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KHVW2VO2VDIH4YVP2ZT3AHXCU John Doe

    If you reimburse 100 people, that’s $20. Think of the MILLONS TMo is getting from this tiny little increase.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KHVW2VO2VDIH4YVP2ZT3AHXCU John Doe

    If you reimburse 100 people, that’s $20. Think of the MILLONS TMo is getting from this tiny little increase.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2KHVW2VO2VDIH4YVP2ZT3AHXCU John Doe

    Funny, TMobile states that “This fee is not a government mandated charge or tax.”

  • TujuMaster

    Okay, so I would just like to chime in here.  I can tell you that this situation is tricky if you are looking to get out of your contract.  Technically, newer contracts have this little loophole in section 13 that says that says that you basically agree to pay all surcharges even if they increase.  Section 6 also explains that, since this is listed under the taxes and fee’s section, they are not in materiel breach because they are not raising the price of your basic services. Therefore, in order for you to claim material breach, only the rate plan associated with your account may increase.  If you have one of these new contracts, then unless you can prove material hardship, unfortunately T-Mobile has you in their grip.  Yes, the regulatory fee is listed as a surcharge.  However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are without rights.  First, different states have different laws about surcharges.  You should check with your state to see what rights you may have under law.  Second, because of this proposed merger, it is in T-Mobile’s interest to stay out of the spotlight.  My suggestion is you start letting your elected officials know about this and this new contract policy.  Sadly, the Supreme Court shot down our right to class action.  However, public opinion trumps everything so speak up if you really don’t like this.

  • Malcenterpa

    how does one become exempt from paying a reg. prog. fee?

  • ITISWHATITIS

    Well, Everybody say 20 cents. But, the bill indicates “Fee we collect and retain to help cover our cost related to funding and complying with government mandates, programs and obligations” The last word say obligation, comply what the government mandates and program. Whose FUNDING who, well the point is multiply how many customers you guys have and it will show more profit on the company’s end. example .20 x 15,000,000 = 3 million x 12 mos $ 36,000,000.00 no matter what they say it should be their cost not consumers. Consumers makes a company profits but when they are not happy company files lost then it passed to the consumers it is the corporate and the government ways. PASS THE BUCK.