Bad call: Seniors paying thousands to lease home phones

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  • KP! mclean, VA
    Nov. 21, 2012 8:53 a.m.

    People need to take action and realize that the cable companies are doing the same thing with leasing modems. I recently found out that my father has paid over $1200 in lease fees for what amounts to a $40 modem at Best Buy. It's time for some class action against Comcast and the likes. This is ridiculous. Where's AARP on this? Seniors need more watch dogs!

  • MC Ute Midvale, UT
    May 4, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    I analyze every bill, I have found charges for items I have never requested. This applys not only to a land line, but also Cell Phones. I have found charges on my cell phone bill that over the years would have probably amounted to around 5000.00. These are charges that are placed there by outside companies when you give you cell phone number to anybody online. Also if you really want to get upset over charges, look at the percentage of your phone bill that is actually taxes and fees, especially if you have a family plan where you add a line for 9.99. the taxes and fees are almost 100% of the bill for each extra line. The same can go for utilities, how about the amount of money spent to "Rent a cable or satellite box", why can we not purchase those if we would like to and the "seasonal amounts charged" for power, totally outrageous. Consumers need to wake up and start to "question" these charges.