The topic of this post is the definition of a surcharge as defined by telephone carriers such as Giffgaff, O2, Sky, Tesco Mobile, TMobile, Three, Virgin, Verizon,Vodafone or Sprint. As you can see on the screenshot below, Sprint surcharges are the rates they choose to collect at their discretion to help defray certain costs. Surcharges are NOT taxes or amounts they are required to collect from customers by law.
Now, let’s compare this to the legal definition of surcharge which is to impose an additional cost or burden (usually excessive). I posit it is difficult to know whether Sprint’s surcharges are excessive without some significant research. Examine the surcharges on the Sprint bill below of around $27. It includes an administrative fee of $3.98, a New Mexico State Univ Serv Assessment of $1.86(I assume Univ stands for University), New Mexico State Tele Sales surcharge at the relatively high cost of $9.92, and a Chaves County Tele Sales surcharge of $1.80.
This is in no way a criticism of the high quality product and service Sprint provides, but discerning whether the surcharges assessed are fair/equitable is another matter. Julie Jargon has written lucidly and informatively on the topic.