Your monthly wireless phone bill includes many standard items. The monthly service charge includes your basic monthly service fees, plus fees for any additional items such as call forwarding, caller ID and voicemail. Home airtime or usage charges consist of minutes that you've used that are included in your basic plan, as well as peak and off-peak minutes that you've used over and above those included in your plan. Home long-distance charges include long-distance fees billed by your carrier for calls placed and received within your home coverage area. This section is generally broken down by incoming and outgoing calls, how long each call lasted, and the per-minute and long-distance rates for each call. Roaming charges, which could take up to 90 days to appear on your bill, include per-minute and long-distance charges for all calls made and received outside your home coverage area. Taxes due include local, state, and federal. Some carriers may even have a category for optional services. If it's not standard practice for your provider to itemize your bill, it's usually possible to request itemization for an additional monthly fee.
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