Cell Bill Fees

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Verizon and Sprint cell phone customers will be getting a little break in their upcoming bills.

The country's second and third largest cell phone carriers are lowering controversial surcharges that have brought them more than $250 million this year.

Both companies say costs of a federal order allowing people to switch carriers but keep the same cell numbers have fallen sharply.

Verizon is cutting all but a nickel of the 45 cents it had been charging and Sprint is reducing its fee to a quarter. That's a 15 cent drop.

Their assertion that costs are down raises questions about whether other wireless companies are charging fees not to offset expenses, but to make more money.

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