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Rhonda Payne went to an AT&T Wireless store in Calhoun, Ga., recently to pay her phone bill in cash. She'd been hit by ID theft and was forced to close her checking account, so she was worried she wouldn’t be able to mail a check on time. But when she arrived at the store, she was in for a surprise.

Paying in person, she was told, costs extra -- $2 extra.

Payne objected to the "administrative charge" that was added to her bill but got no sympathy. Instead, she said, she was told she should consider herself lucky because the fee was about to go up to $5.

"I was told that it was a courtesy to take cash,” she said. “I said, ‘Are you kidding me?'”
It’s no joke. Beginning earlier this year, AT&T Wireless began to charge customers who pay their bills in their stores.

"It is a way of saving money ... it helps us keep our costs lower," said AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel. "We want our associates to spend their time helping customers as they are thinking about their wireless plans or looking at phones."

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all i can say is wow
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The death of cash means the death of freedom.
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Damn, shes bitching about $2? Please..

I'd just pay that shit and move on..

I'm just used to those kinda costs here in NYC.

1 one way on a MetroCard is $2 here.

I pay on average like $12 a day just fucking taking public transportation.

$65 for the net. Gas is @ like $3.40. Smokes are @ $6.75 -- crazy. Cell phone bill is always like $80-100.

And shes bitching about some lousy 2 bucks? Get the fuck outta here. Don't pay in person then, foo.
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NO.

DUMP THE FUCKING CONTRACT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

THEN SWITCH TO A PAY AS YOU GO PHONE LIKE VIRGIN/TRACFONE

BUY YOUR MINUTES WITH CASH ON THE DOLLAR, USE AS NEEDED

FUCK THEIR SERVICE CHARGES. TEACH THEM A LESSON.

MURPHY'S LAW HERE NOW THAT WE ARE IN A DEPRESSION:

1. BUY THE BEST QUALITY YOU CAN STILL AFFORD
2. PAY CASH. PAY CASH. PAY CASH. ON THE SPOT
3. TAKE DELIVERY. POSSESSION IS 9/10TH THE LAW

IF IT AIN'T IN YOUR HAND, YOU DON'T OWN IT.

THAT INCLUDES SOME NEFARIOUS NEBULOUS PHONE 'CONTRACT'
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OMG. What a spin, huh? This has been going on forever. I work for a cell phone company. We are a dealer. When we take bill payments in the store, we have a system that transfers the money directly to the carrier, so that they money gets applied right away. (alot of times, they are paying instore due to disconnected service due to not paying their bill) So obviously, this company charges us a fee for their service. And yes, we are paying someone to take that bill payment and meanwhile, we are making no money off of it. It has nothing to do with CASH it has to do with paying in the store. You could pay with check or credit card and it would be the same. If you don't like it there are sooo many other options, send your check by mail, pay online, pay over the phone with a credit card, etc.
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04/25/2008 04:07 PM
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So, not only could you pay other ways, you could also go to a corporate store. They don't charge fees.
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Damn, shes bitching about $2? Please..

I'd just pay that shit and move on..

I'm just used to those kinda costs here in NYC.

1 one way on a MetroCard is $2 here.

I pay on average like $12 a day just fucking taking public transportation.

$65 for the net. Gas is @ like $3.40. Smokes are @ $6.75 -- crazy. Cell phone bill is always like $80-100.

And shes bitching about some lousy 2 bucks? Get the fuck outta here. Don't pay in person then, foo.
 Quoting: *Vishuz

I always got a fun pass when I went to NYC and that was a pretty good deal. If you get a MetroCard with alot of rides on it, it saves in the long run. $12 a day is unnecessary.
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Well, I work for a cell phone company (NOT a "dealer"), and we take cash WITHOUT charging extra for it!!
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EXACTLY. ANYONE WHO CANNOT FUCKING WALK FROM 47TH TO 14TH FOR A DINNER AND HAS TO TAKE CABS EVERYWHERE IS A PUSSY

WHOSE LUNGS ARE DESTROYED FROM HIS/HER SMOKES AND COULD NOT WALK IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. WEAN OFF TOBACCO. WEAN OFF SERVICE PLANS. AND STOP TALKING ON THE FUCKING PHONE SO MUCH
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Well, I work for a cell phone company (NOT a "dealer"), and we take cash WITHOUT charging extra for it!!
 Quoting: OneConsciousness

Yeah, that's why I said find a corporate store.

And also, you're not being charged for using cash, you're being charged because we're charged to take your bill payment at our store. It's called business.
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Well, I work for a cell phone company (NOT a "dealer"), and we take cash WITHOUT charging extra for it!!

Yeah, that's why I said find a corporate store.

And also, you're not being charged for using cash, you're being charged because we're charged to take your bill payment at our store. It's called business.
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Well, I work for a cell phone company (NOT a "dealer"), and we take cash WITHOUT charging extra for it!!

Yeah, that's why I said find a corporate store.

And also, you're not being charged for using cash, you're being charged because we're charged to take your bill payment at our store. It's called business.



IT'S CALLED bsflag
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Nope, it's a pretty basic business principle. If we get charged for taking your bill payment and we don't pass the charge along to you, we go out of business. It's just basic business.

And like I said, there is no reason why you would need to pay that fee, unless you're just stupid. There are plenty of other options.
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I always got a fun pass when I went to NYC and that was a pretty good deal. If you get a MetroCard with alot of rides on it, it saves in the long run. $12 a day is unnecessary.
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Yeah, the fun pass is $7.. true.. but my day schedule changes constantly so I just don't know if I'll be needing the fun pass, you know?

@ max, per ride.. I pay like $12 on that day.

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By the way, in case some of you weren't aware.. most if not all of these cell phone carriers are offering unlimited tiers.

Pretty good buy if you ask me. Unlimited minutes, texts, picture messages.. @ T-Mobile I think it's $100/month.

Contracts are what I'm pissed about. And I'd much rather buy the phone via retail with my own money and sign no fucking contract.

Pre-paid would be risky for me because shit changes on the hour over here. The City that never sleeps, lol.
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Yeah, the fun pass is $7.. true.. but my day schedule changes constantly so I just don't know if I'll be needing the fun pass, you know?

@ max, per ride.. I pay like $12 on that day.

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By the way, in case some of you weren't aware.. most if not all of these cell phone carriers are offering unlimited tiers.

Pretty good buy if you ask me. Unlimited minutes, texts, picture messages.. @ T-Mobile I think it's $100/month.

Contracts are what I'm pissed about. And I'd much rather buy the phone via retail with my own money and sign no fucking contract.

Pre-paid would be risky for me because shit changes on the hour over here. The City that never sleeps, lol.
 Quoting: *Vishuz

Pre-paid only works for people who don't use their cell phone often.

No contracts will be the only revolutionary thing to happen in wireless. I don't know why they are still holding onto that. I know that with our carrier, you can choose a "no contract" option but it's not a good deal. Come to think of it, it might work for the pre-paid lovers though, not many minutes.

Unlimited plans are only good if you consistently use more than 2000 minutes a month. And alot of people are thinking that it's going to even out their bill but then they buy up ringtones, get another high bill, and get pissed. It only covers certain things so make sure you know what that is.
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Good points but I'll also need a data plan, so that'll add to the base cost anyhow.

I use on average like 400-600 minutes and my plan is @ 600 so it's good enough, but if I'll get unlimited when I have a job, am having classes and shit like that.

So w/ a data plan... shit... I'm not expecting less than $150/month. That is crazy. =/

I wish they'd do something about it. Maybe I'll only have a data plan & 400 minutes instead. IM, text, and e-mail instead.. much cheaper.
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Well, I work for a cell phone company (NOT a "dealer"), and we take cash WITHOUT charging extra for it!!

Yeah, that's why I said find a corporate store.

And also, you're not being charged for using cash, you're being charged because we're charged to take your bill payment at our store. It's called business.



IT'S CALLED bsflag

Nope, it's a pretty basic business principle. If we get charged for taking your bill payment and we don't pass the charge along to you, we go out of business. It's just basic business.

And like I said, there is no reason why you would need to pay that fee, unless you're just stupid. There are plenty of other

Its called customer service! Grocery stores, cable, clothing accept CASH no fees. You are participating in a cashless society and that is WRONG!!!!
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Well, I work for a cell phone company (NOT a "dealer"), and we take cash WITHOUT charging extra for it!!

Yeah, that's why I said find a corporate store.

And also, you're not being charged for using cash, you're being charged because we're charged to take your bill payment at our store. It's called business.



IT'S CALLED bsflag

Nope, it's a pretty basic business principle. If we get charged for taking your bill payment and we don't pass the charge along to you, we go out of business. It's just basic business.

And like I said, there is no reason why you would need to pay that fee, unless you're just stupid. There are plenty of other options.
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No, it's called a smaller profit, which is what the higher ups don't want.
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EXACTLY. ANYONE WHO CANNOT FUCKING WALK FROM 47TH TO 14TH FOR A DINNER AND HAS TO TAKE CABS EVERYWHERE IS A PUSSY

WHOSE LUNGS ARE DESTROYED FROM HIS/HER SMOKES AND COULD NOT WALK IT IN THE FIRST PLACE. WEAN OFF TOBACCO. WEAN OFF SERVICE PLANS. AND STOP TALKING ON THE FUCKING PHONE SO MUCH
 Quoting: CASH RULES 423012

i agree these people ALWAYS talking on the phone and if in fact that they can cause cancer all of the yakers will have big tumors growing out of their fucking heads and will die horrible deaths.
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If you pay using customer service at the retail store you pay the $2. Just use the kiosk or automated machine in the office, it accepts cash and doesn't charge $2. But what it does do it not give change, it applies the extra to your next bill, so bring in a cash amount within the dollar of the bill. Plus they have those machines all over, K-Marts, Sam's Club, etc.
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I don't pay a dime and I can make phone calls, recieve phone calls, (to and from anywhere) connect to satellites, use long distance repeater networks, listen to police calls, TV, AM, FM, & shortwave, any aircraft in the sky, not to mention the feds. I could even listen to your cell phone if I wanted to, (but I don't want to) All from my little pocket size radio.... All for free!

Being a Ham Radio Operator has it's benefits!

[link to www.universal-radio.com]

And some of you think you have cooler stuff than I do! HA! I have no monthly bills!

Oh OP... The stamp machine at the post office no longer takes cash either... just sayin'
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oh good lord, its not just cash...its ANY type of payment in a store.

"AT&T Wireless began to charge customers who pay their bills in their stores."
"We want our associates to spend their time helping customers as they are thinking about their wireless plans or looking at phones."

come on people, reading is fundamental.
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04/25/2008 08:23 PM
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Damn, shes bitching about $2? Please..

I'd just pay that shit and move on..

I'm just used to those kinda costs here in NYC.

1 one way on a MetroCard is $2 here.

I pay on average like $12 a day just fucking taking public transportation.

$65 for the net. Gas is @ like $3.40. Smokes are @ $6.75 -- crazy. Cell phone bill is always like $80-100.

And shes bitching about some lousy 2 bucks? Get the fuck outta here. Don't pay in person then, foo.
 Quoting: *Vishuz

another whining, pussy, new-yorker

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