Fees & taxes

Learn about fees and taxes you will find on your T-Mobile bill.



911 Surcharge

  • T-Mobile collects a monthly 911 surcharge on behalf of your state and local governments.
  • State legislation imposes the amount, and T-Mobile's compliance with these charges is a legal requirement.
  • Depending on your local government, the surcharge is either a flat rate or a percentage of your transaction, and it's subject to change at any time.



Account Restore Fee

  • The $20 per line plus tax account restore fee is due when you restore service after a partial or full non-payment service interruption.
  • This fee is included in the past due balance owed at the point of restore.
  • To avoid paying the fee, we recommend you sign up for AutoPay so you don't miss any payments.



Activation Fee

  • Activation fees are a thing of the past. Any new Magenta, Simple Choice™ Plan or T-Mobile ONE™ activation will be free of an activation fee.
  • You'll be charged an activation fee if you activate a classic plan or if you activate a line in Puerto Rico.



Late Fee

  • Late fees are $5 or more (up to 1.5% of the balance) if the balance is not paid by the due date shown on your statement.
  • Payment arrangements do not prevent late fees.

  • You automatically receive a grace period (depending on which state you live in) after your due date before a late fee is determined.
  • The late fee grace period doesn't apply to partial account suspensions. Anytime your account is past due, a suspension is a possibility.
  • The balance that remains unpaid when the grace period ends is charged the late fee.



Regulatory Programs Fee & Telco Recovery Fee

The Regulatory Programs Fee and Telco Recovery Fee isn't a tax. These fees are used to recover costs associated with government program compliance and third-party service and facilities.


  • The Regulatory Programs Fee covers government mandates, programs, and obligations like E911 and local number portability.
  • The Telco Recovery Fee includes charges imposed on T-Mobile by other carriers for the delivery of calls from our customers to theirs, and by third parties for certain network facilities and services.
  • Voice lines are billed $3.18 per line every month (Regulatory Programs $0.60, Telco Recovery $2.58) as of June 10, 2017.
  • Mobile Internet lines are billed $1.16 per line every month (Regulatory Programs $0.15, Telco Recovery $1.01) as of June 10, 2017.
  • SunCom Wireless customers are charged the Regulatory Programs Fee and Telco Recovery Fee as of June 10, 2017.


Magenta/T-Mobile ONE Taxes & Fees Included customers applicable taxes and fees are included in your monthly service price.



Universal Service Fund Fee

  • The Universal Service Fund is a fee applied to all accounts.
  • This fee increases access to advanced telecommunications services to all consumers in rural areas at reasonable rates and provides funding for federal programs.
  • Like some other fees, the rate of the fee changes on a regular basis as determined by the Federal Communications Commission.



Utility User Tax

  • A Utility User Tax is charged by your city for the use of certain utilities, such as electricity, cable, and others.
  • This tax is required by your local law and isn't imposed by T-Mobile.
  • The rate of the tax and the use of its revenues are determined by your local agency.



You can find more information on your bill or receipt. You can also check your state's government websites to learn more about your local communication service taxes.