Wireless provider T-Mobile has announced that the company is dropping controversial overage charges effective in May. The new change, which will apply to all T-Mobile customers, eliminates fees that get charged to customers for going over their limits on voice minutes, messaging and/or data usage.
In addition to his own company dropping the overage fees, T-Mobile CEO John Legere laid down the challenge to AT&T, Sprint and Verzion to do the same.
“Today I’m laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers – because it’s the right thing to do,” said Legere via release. “Overage fees are flat out wrong. Agree with me? Join me in putting this challenge to all the major national carriers by signing my petition on Change.org. Right here. Take one minute to be a part of this consumer movement.”
He continued: “Charging overage fees is a greedy, predatory practice that needs to go. Starting in May for bills arriving in June – regardless of whether you’re on Simple Choice, Simple Starter or an older plan, we’re abolishing overages for good. Period.”
This news comes a year after T-Mobile decided to eliminate annual service contracts in favor of a more commitment-friendly approach for consumers. The company is hoping that this change will continue to help them rise from the basement of the “Big Four” phone providers.
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