From Verizon Wireless:
Over the past 10 years, the average monthly bill for wireless services has decreased nearly 40 percent, and the average cost consumers pay for a minute of wireless service has dropped to just a dime from 47 cents over the same time.
But the taxes, fees and surcharges that appear on your bill each month continue to rise. During the 15 months beginning in January 2003 and ending in April 2004, taxes specifically on wireless services increased nine times faster than taxes on other goods and services that fall under a general sales and use tax. Nineteen states – from New York to Arkansas – now tax wireless services at double-digit rates.
Depending on where you live, fully 20 percent of your monthly wireless bill – no matter which service provider you choose – could go to taxes, fees and the costs of government mandates, instead of for the innovative, valuable and reliable wireless services you really want.
Verizon Wireless believes it’s time for that to change. On behalf of our customers, Verizon Wireless is fighting these tax increases in Congress and state legislatures.
More taxes imposed by state and local governments means there’s less money available to keep building, upgrading and enhancing wireless networks across the country. That means it might take longer to introduce more cool services for wireless phones – the things that consumers have come to expect such as text messaging, downloading ringtones, music, videos and wallpaper for phones, and access to the Internet, and even newer innovations that take advantage of high-speed mobile data applications.
Verizon Wireless works every day with local, state and federal officials across the country to prevent the imposition of new taxes and surcharges on wireless services, and to eliminate such taxes wherever possible. Fewer taxes and fees will lead to more demand for wireless services, which will encourage companies, including Verizon Wireless, to keep improving their networks and offering more exciting new services to their customers.
Visit www.mywireless.org to find out more about the taxes you pay on your wireless service, which states have the highest tax rates, and how you can contact your elected representatives to make your voice heard on an issue that directly impacts your pocketbook.
Or, if you’d like to learn more about wireless taxes and fees, visit CTIA – the Wireless Association™ at www.ctia.org or email them at email@example.com. CTIA is the international trade association that represents the wireless industry.
An interesting article about a new device Verizon is testing to replace consumers’ home phone connections…
Looks like the providers are lining up behind the “Isis project” to get the job done. Here’s a story in the LA Times:
RIM is eyeing the tablet market. They announced a new device today that won’t be able to compete for dollars this holiday season, but is scheduled for a Spring 2011 release. BlackBerry is fighting diminishing market-share and falling sales numbers, now behind both the iPhone and Android platforms in total sales.
It would be one thing if Research In Motion Ltd. (RIMM) was losing spark on the consumer side, which it is, but alarms must be going off at RIM’s headquarters now that news is trickling in about losses on the enterprise side.
There’s some noise going on today about some other national wireless provider’s HSPA+ network. I think the company name starts with a “T.”
I’d like to point out to those who have already forgotten the Verizon “there’s a map for that” advertising campaign, that Verizon invests a higher percentage of its revenue in its network than any other wireless provider. And coverage for the entire country is a priority at Verizon. Remember the maps. 4G is only 4G if there’s a 4G network where you are, and Verizon is aggressively covering that map. For those who never travel outside of their metro home, coverage may not be an issue with another carrier. But you should be sure to check on coverage before you make a move for 4G, if connectivity away from your home is important to you.
There are going to be a lot of claims about 4G products in the next few years. Be sure to look past the hype and know what you’re getting when you choose a wireless provider. It’s likely you’ll choose Verizon if you look very long.
It will be a few months before 4G smartphones are available at Verizon because Verizon is making sure to create a strong network before launching 4G devices. It’s the smart move, and we’ll see the fruits of this move in the coming years.
-Jay Witherspoon, Director of Advertising, Cellular Sales
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