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T-Mobile Bans 'Outrageous' Overage Fees, Challenges Rivals to Do the Same

By Kimberly Koerth
April 14, 2014 - News

In its latest "uncarrier" announcement, T-Mobile is eliminating overage charges on all of its plans and calling on the other mobile carriers, with a petition, to do the same.

More than 20 million Americans were hit with punitive overage charges in 2013, according to T-Mobile, and these penalties from the three largest U.S. carriers take more than $1 billion out of consumers' pockets every year.

Last year, T-Mobile banished annual service contracts and began phasing out overage charges with the launch of its Simple Choice plan. Beginning in May for bills arriving in June, the carrier is doing away with all overage charges, regardless of which plan a customer is on.

Additionally, T-Mobile President and CEO John Legere has started an online petition at calling on AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to end overages.

"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," Legere said. "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 Right here. Take one minute to be a part of this consumer movement."

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