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Re: Debt collection I get that.
Its just that by the definition of the contract, a service is an individual "thing" that they are selling you, not the sum of all fees. The final cost of the bill is not necessarily reflective of the cost of all of your individual services added up, as in this case there are extra fees that are added on. So while the amount you have to pay has increased, the services themselves havent.
Its all legal speak. "Sorry sir/ma'am, but your mobile plan is still $x per month. This fee is in addition to, but not part of the mobile plan, so we havent increased the price of the plan."
I totally agree that any costs associated with offering a service should be factored in to the cost of the service below the line. It is not the consumers business to know what the individual costs of providing a service are, we just want a bill for $x.
I know it doesn't matter which way anyone tries to spin this, its still effectively an increase in the cost of any and all services you are purchasing. But it hasn't affected the actual service prices themselves, only the total at the bottom of the bill.
This is probably what they are trying to achieve, because otherwise people can use this clause to say "you increased my service cost, I want out." Without actually increasing the service cost, this clause cannot be used.
The only other comparison I can think of is the low cost airlines. They advertise a fare at $x, and then add on all these other charges as you progress through the booking for "handling fees" and "blah surcharge." While at the end of the booking the total price has gone up, the fare price hasn't changed, its just the total amount you have to pay that has changed. You can complain that the total price of the booking isn't reflective of the fare, but at the same time, they never said "you'll end up paying $z by the end of it," they only said "the fare is $x."
Just my take on it.