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Money Watch: Tips To Save On Your Cell Phone Bill

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When the cell phone bill arrives each month, do you just open it, cringe at the fees and send in the payment?

In a KMPH FOX 26 News special report, Ashley Ritchie found out you can sometimes negotiate a better deal.

An analysis of the four major us carriers by Cheapism.com found some of the added fees can add up to as much as $36. "The advertised price is never the true price. If you look at the small print it says plus fees and taxes. That can add anywhere from 17 up to 24 percent on top of the bill," said Louis DeNicola with Cheapism.com.

But if you want to subtract some of those one-time charges, we found you may actually be able to talk your way out of upgrade, as well as activation fees. "Activation fees can be shocking. A family of four that wants to change carriers might have to pay over $140," said DeNicola.

Experts say if you're fed up, speak up, because carriers are getting competitive when it comes to fees. "Everyone in the United States that wants a cell phone has a cell phone. So they have to find a way to differentiate themselves, and the easiest way to do that is price," said telecommunications expert Michael Bremmer.

So what other fees might you be able to negotiate off your bill?

If the money is going to Uncle Sam in taxes or government imposed fees, forget it.

And probably not those monthly administrative or regulatory fees, which range from 21 cents to about $2.50 a line either.

But fees for going over your limit on your voice or data plan can sometimes be waived as well as expensive international roaming fees.

Experts say if you've been a good customer and don't usually go over your plan, all customer service and ask to have those fees waived.

Early termination fees and late fees are also charges experts say you can try to negotiate.

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