CEO John Legere
is once again trolling
the mobile industry--to the benefit of consumers. This time around, his target is overage fees and his weapon is petition site Change.org.
"Today I'm laying down a challenge to AT&T, Verizon and Sprint to join T-Mobile in ending these outrageous overage penalties for all consumers--because it's the right thing to do," said Legere in a press release. "Overage fees are flat out wrong. Agree with me? Join me in putting this challenge to all the major national carriers by signing my petition on Change.org. Right here.
Take one minute to be a part of this consumer movement."
For T-Mobile’s own part, the company will be banishing the practice of hitting customers with overage fees “for good” for all plans including Simple Choice, Simple Starter, and older plans, as well starting in May.
The company also stated that 20 million U.S. mobile customers found themselves needing to pay overage fees to AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon totalling about $1 billion.
Although one could argue that if you go over the amount of data or minutes that you paid for you deserve to be hit with fees, Legere views it as a predatory practice that levies too high a price. He has a point there, and in any case, you apparently won’t have to worry about that anymore if you remain or become a T-Mobile customer.