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    DSL GURU
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    NEW YORK (AP) — Some cell phone companies appear poised to profit off a
    new fee that covers the cost of enabling customers to switch wireless
    services without giving up their phone numbers.

    The fee, permitted by the federal government, is already being levied
    by four national carriers and is generally less than $1 per month. But
    that adds up quickly when multiplied across the millions of subscribers each
    carrier serves.

    And in certain cases, the money being collected appears to exceed the
    actual cost of meeting a November deadline set by the Federal
    Communications Commission for "number portability" — which will let
    people keep their cell numbers when switching wireless providers.

    Sprint PCS, for example, has about 17.9 million customers who began
    paying an additional 63 cents per month in July, generating $11.3 million per
    month for "cost recovery."

    Over the course of a year, Sprint's fee would bring in about $135
    million at current subscriber levels — though that amount likely will be
    even
    higher since Sprint and other carriers are signing up hundreds of
    thousands of new customers per quarter.

    Sprint refused to quantify its expense for enabling number portability
    beyond a rough estimate of "hundreds of millions of dollars" — an
    amount several times larger than more specific estimates disclosed by rivals
    Verizon Wireless and Cingular Wireless. Similarly, Nextel
    Communications says it has spent about twice the costs estimated by Verizon and
    Cingular.





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  2. #2
    Bob Smith
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    Re: Sprint charges for Number pooling & portability


    "DSL GURU" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    <snipped>

    Old news Phillipe. We've been talking about these fees in numerous threads
    going back months ...

    So, you're point in posting old news, once again?

    Bob





  3. #3
    Steve
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    Re: Sprint charges for Number pooling & portability

    SprintPCS gave customers the option to opt out of the contract based on the
    WNLP fee.


    "Bob Smith" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >
    > "DSL GURU" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    > <snipped>
    >
    > Old news Phillipe. We've been talking about these fees in numerous threads
    > going back months ...
    >
    > So, you're point in posting old news, once again?
    >
    > Bob
    >
    >






  4. #4
    DSL GURU
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    Re: Sprint charges for Number pooling & portability

    > SprintPCS gave customers the option to opt out of > the contract based on the
    WNLP fee.

    Only if the insisted based upon a Judges ruling. We had many postings of folks
    being told by CSRs, "no they could not opt out".



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