When reached for comment, an AT&T spokesperson confirmed the existence of the fee increase. “This is a standard administrative fee across the wireless industry, which helps cover costs we incur for items like cell site maintenance and interconnection between carriers,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
It’s not exactly clear why AT&T feels the need to jack up the amount of money it charges users without offering any tangible consumer benefit whatsoever. And it’s hard to read “cell site maintenance and interconnection between carriers” as wholly believable excuses for generating nearly $1 billion in revenue from its subscribers when AT&T just spent $85 billion acquiring Time Warner in one of the largest and priciest corporate consolidations in recent memory. Earlier this month, AT&T raised the price of its grandfathered unlimited data plansby an additional $5, citing customers that “are using mobile data at record levels” as the reason for the price increase.