three months into this pay-as-you-go phone plan

Just got third bill from a little-known phone company — ma’habocath will not name them for fear of “copyright violation” or some other means corporation-hired lawyers chew and spit the little guy all across the Internet these days.

It’s poor service in this one’s area, especially indoors. but perpetual 1-2 bars still works perfectly fine with this one’s $22 dumbphone — which again he will not link directly because corporations have gotten very good at silencing consumers on the Internet if they don’t like what you have to say about their products and/or services. Anyway, this phone is only just good enough for texting and calling which is good enough for ma’habocath.

This one got with this phone company because ma’habocath wanted to see if they’d be cheaper than other options in my area — since [REDACTED] had cost him just under $50/mo for two years when he had smartphones and ‘needed’ all those tens of gigabytes of bandwidth for all the YouTubing ma’habocath was doing while on work breaks, and the next cheapest option around these parts is the basic $20/mo plan from [DATA EXPUNGED] which ma’habocath still might go to if this phone service ends up more expensive on average and/or this one gets sick of perpetual 1-2 bars unless he’s outdoors under a clear sky:

...Tuesday, Jan 10 through Thursday, Feb 09, 2017...
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Plan Data Usage XS->XS plus... 1 MB                           $0.00
Plan SMS Usage M               552 messages                   $5.00
Plan Minutes Usage S           70 minutes                     $3.00
Activation Fee                 [snip]                         $0.00
Line Fee                       [snip]                         $6.00 Jan 10 - Feb 09
-------------------------------------------------------------------
IN Universal Service Charge                                   $0.07
Sales Tax                                                     $1.02
Fed USF Cellular                                              $0.56
E911 (Wireless)                                               $1.00
Telecom Relay Surcharge                                       $0.03
FCC Regulatory Fee (Wireless)                                 $0.02
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total comes to:                                              $16.70
Friday, Feb 10 through Thursday, Mar 09, 2017...
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Plan SMS Usage M               684 messages                   $5.00
Plan Minutes Usage S           20 minutes                     $3.00
Line Fee                       [snip]                         $6.00 Feb 10 - Mar 09
-------------------------------------------------------------------
IN Universal Service Charge                                   $0.07
Sales Tax                                                     $1.02
Fed USF Cellular                                              $0.56
E911 (Wireless)                                               $1.00
Telecom Relay Surcharge                                       $0.03
FCC Regulatory Fee (Wireless)                                 $0.02
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Total comes to:                                              $16.70
Mar 10 through Apr 09, 2017.
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Plan SMS Usage M               533 messages                   $5.00
Plan Minutes Usage M           129 minutes                    $9.00
Line Fee                       [snip]                         $6.00 Mar 10 - Apr 09
-------------------------------------------------------------------
IN Universal Service Charge                                   $0.10
Sales Tax                                                     $1.47
E911 (Wireless)                                               $1.00
Telecom Relay Surcharge                                       $0.03
Fed USF Cellular                                              $0.97
FCC Regulatory Fee (Wireless)                                 $0.02
-------------------------------------------------------------------
Your total was:                                              $23.59

Looks like ma’habocath is charged when called as well as when he calls, whether the verb is transitive or intransitive.

As if this one needed another reason to prefer texting!!

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Author: ma'habocath

ma'habocath knows some, tells much. ma'habocath knows few things others do. This one is a live-alone, full-time burger-flipper with an odd mind and too much to say. ma'hab always tries the best ma'hab can to keep up: • Chores • Bodybuilding and other health-nuttery • Japanese language studies • Culinary experimentation (see “other health-nuttery”) • Exploration of newfound spiritual territory • Exploration of my Self • Figuring out how to socialize well enough, mostly face-to-face • Backlogs: books, heavy metal, anime • Blogging, chatting, texting, and talking to whomever will listen about all of the above

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