WHAT ARE ALL THOSE FEES?
Imagine this: You are looking at your phone bill and you are confused! You see a fee for web hosting. The problem is that you do not know what web hosting is! Also, your bill lists two international calls, but all your friends and family live in the country! Lastly, there is a charge for a call to a 900 number. Yet, you never dialed this number!
What is going on? Chances are you’ve been crammed!
Cramming happens when a company adds a fee to your phone bill for a service you did not agree to or use. It is hard to pick out cramming charges on your bill. Many of these fees are small. Others have names that look like other items on your bill. What can you do to stop these fees? You can take action!
There are a few steps that you can take. First, know your phone bill! Read your phone bill carefully every month. Do this for three or four months. This takes time, but you will know when your company adds extra fees. Second, look for words that companies use for such charges. Some words to look for are miscellaneous, long-distance, third-party and subscription. Lastly, block extra services from your phone. When you block services, the company cannot charge you for them. You must call your phone company and tell them what services to block. You can start with 900 numbers, long-distance calls and international calls.
Try these ideas and you will see your phone bill go down!
IELTS ESSAY PRACTICE
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
Many companies deceive people about the services that they offer to their customers and the actual cost of these services. For this reason, all companies should be closely monitored by the government and all commercial activities should be strictly regulated.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with the above statement?
Write at least 250 words.