AT&T adds 61-cent 'mobility' fee to wireless bills

The new "Mobility Administrative Fee" is boosting wireless bills by 61 cents a month -- a move that could reportedly raise a half-billion dollars a year for the carrier.

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AT&T customers should expect to pay a little more on their bill this month. The company has added a new 61-cent monthly administrative fee for all of its contract wireless customers.

The new "Mobility Administrative Fee," which went into effect May 1, applies to consumer and Individual Responsibility User (IRU) lines. The "below the line" fee appears with taxes and other surcharges at the bottom of a customer's phone bill, below the service charges.

While this may not sound like much, The Wall Street Journal reports that the fee could "bring in more than a half-billion dollars in annual revenue to the telecom giant."

A spokesperson for AT&T said the new charge is "consistent with similar fees charged by other carriers," and that it will "help cover certain expenses, such as interconnection and cell site rents and maintenance."

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