NH's Shea-Porter Targets Hefty Cell Phone Fees

NH's Shea-Porter Targets Hefty Cell Phone Fees
The Associated Press

 

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) ― Cell phone customers would be protected from unreasonable penalties when they end their contracts early under legislation proposed by New Hampshire Rep. Carol Shea-Porter.

 Shea-Porter says the bill would require wireless carriers to provide clear and conspicuous disclosures of their early termination fees when someone buys a phone. It also would prevent carriers from charging a termination fee that is higher than the discount it offers for entering a multi-year contract and would require carriers to pro-rate their early termination fees.

Carriers would have to provide monthly billing statements that clearly state the pro-rated fees.