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Thank you, TelAll Wireless customer. Please review your summary of charges below. Remit payment to TelAll Communications within three hours. 


Summary of Account #489-929-3329


Usage Charges:


Monthly Access Charges -- $39.99


Data Charges -- $29.99


200 Free (Non-Consecutive) Minutes -- $0.00


200 Free (Non-Consecutive) Minutes Overage Penalty -- $89.00


State Tax -- $5.17


State Surcharge -- $9.92


Shelly's Surcharge -- $10.44


Neighboring State Tax -- $19.00


Lost or Stolen Insurance Fees -- $40.00


Dial Tone Generator -- $1.82


Portability Surcharge -- $4.90


In-Coming Calls -- $0.89


Out-Going Calls -- $53.09 ($0.06 per verb [Part of the "You Want It Noun" Service Package])


Paper Billing Statement -- $6.00


Postage for Billing Statement -- $12.00 (Sent via TelAll Premium Shipping Service from TelAll's underwater headquarters.)


Billing Statement Shipping Insurance -- $9.40


On/Off Functionality -- $1.12


Monthly Funds to Create TelAll's Unique and Memorable Advertisements -- $11.00


Voice Mail -- $2.00


Voice Mail Access -- $17.00


April Surcharge -- $8.00*

*Actually, that should be $17.00, this being a Leap Year.


Pay by Money Surcharge -- $2.00


Support the Wetlands (Mandatory Donation) -- $20.00/month, and 4 weekends a year of your time.


Daily Activation Fee -- $5.00


TelAll's Signature "No-Hassle" Reutilizing Signal Modulation Aliasing Fee* -- $49.00

*This fee helps reutilize the aliasing from signal modulation.


Explanation of Aliasing Fee -- $7.00


Thinking About Switching Providers? -- $4.08


Text Messages -- [18.5 Messages per Month] $4.00


Verbal Messages -- [19 Messages per Month] $10.00


Unsent Message that You Were Thinking about Sending -- $10.00


Wrong Numbers -- $1.07


Worse Numbers -- $2.09


Fee to Prevent Phone from Recording Your Conversations and Sending Them to the Government -- $48.00


Phone Will Not Candid Take Photos of You, Particularly in Restrooms -- $12.00


Panda Insurance -- $0.03


Fee for Those Who Read This Sentence -- $0.14


Fee for Those Who Failed to Read the Above Sentence -- $0.14


Matter Fee* -- $1.93

*Is your phone made of matter? Matter doesn't come cheap. As we say at TelAll: "Matter is a limited resource."


Late Fee -- $1.00


Early Fee -- $2.39


Perfectly Timed Fee -- $0.98


Checking Your Phone Too Often Fee -- $1.22


Fee for Those Who Thought The Artist Was Actually Good -- $8.00


Olympic Fee -- $4.00


Dual Gate Processing Router and Heat Sink -- $23.00


Monthly eNewsletter  -- $1.00


Ability to Delete Monthly eNewsletter from Your Inbox -- $3.00


Air Data Interface Sub-Rate -- $26, as per FCCA ruling 178-H as it relates to those using wireless signals without written consent from birds or appropriate bird representatives.


Surcharge Because You're Asking Too Many Questions -- $4.00


Forgetting to Call Heather about That Thing -- $2.00


Non-Connecticut Resident Penalty -- $1.66


Fee Because You Once Said a Swear Word over the TelAll Network* -- $49.00

*According to Shelly.


Activation of TelAll's Premium Busy Signal, Composed and Orchestrated by John Williams -- $5.09


Surcharge Down Payment* -- $2.30

*Charge added towards next month's bill. Charge will show up on forthcoming statements as "Delay Penalty Escalation Fee." Do not disregard.


Delay Penalty Escalation Fee -- $4.60


Support the Troops -- $9.44


Support TelAll CEO Albert Thedmore's Palliative Care, When It Becomes Necessary -- $11.99


Rabbits -- $13.00


The Numbers 8 and 9 Activation Fee -- $4.00


Data Tax -- $2.00


Devices That Are Flat and Non--Perishable Tax -- $9.00


Recommended Tip -- $38.00


Total Bill Calculation -- $489.00*

*This is not you bill total, but the fee for TelAll to calculate your total bill.


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