July 28 2011|06.00 AM UTC

Stan Reybern

Anatomy of a Cell Phone Bill – with FCC Tips!

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Your monthly cell phone bill can be full of confusing fees and overage charges. Luckily, the FCC is working to put an end to “bill shock” by forcing wireless companies to be more transparent about their charges. Here are some common ones that you might come across and tips from the FCC to help you avoid them!

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Rachel August 1, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Mobile plan Bill Shock is on the rise. In fact, 30 million Americans each year get overcharged for using their cell phone. Some get hit with excess roaming charges, while others are victim to voice, data and SMS overages. As carriers continue to put more restrictions on mobile plans, and consumers become more reliant on accessing their email, Facebook and streaming video through their smartphones, the opportunity for Bill Shock accelerates.

I have had success avoiding Bill Shock by using Telicost-Lite, a free app that gives iPhone, Android and BlackBerry users instant real-time alerts to track voice, data, SMS and roaming activity to ensure that they don’t go over their mobile plan. Go to http://www.anomalousnetworks.com to download the free Telicost app by Anomalous Networks. This is a must-have app when traveling for business or pleasure, and businesses of all sizes can take advantage of a more robust Telicost portal to manage their whole fleet of mobile users.

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chris August 9, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I have had really good luck with My Data Manager. Check it out here: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.mobidia.android.mdm&feature=search_result
This app will tell you which apps are consuming the data so you can, not only track data usage, but understand how the apps that you use will change your bill at the end of the month.

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cect November 2, 2011 at 12:56 am

Great blog post. Itˇs useful information.

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