What is the Regulatory Recovery fee?

It is common in the wireless industry for subscribers to pay taxes, fees and surcharges in addition to their monthly service costs, with customers of the “Big Four” mobile operators sometimes paying more than 25% on top of their monthly plans. The majority of those extra costs are remitted to government agencies to pay for taxes relating to the provision of telecom services and the cost of mandated programs like Universal Service Fund programs.

For all Ultra Mobile Service plans except the Ultra Flex plans, the Regulatory Recovery Fee is calculated as a flat per transaction fee of $0.50 for service charges of $10.00 or less, and $1.00 for service charges of $10.01 or more. For Ultra Flex plans, the Regulatory Recovery Fee is calculated as a flat fee of (i) $1.00 per line credit per month, (ii) $0.50 on Ultra Flex add-ons (e.g., additional data, call anywhere credit or roaming credit) of $10.00 or less, and (iii) $1.00 on Ultra Flex add-ons of $10.01 or more; provided, however, that no additional Regulatory Recovery Fee beyond the $1.00 per line credit per month will be charged for Ultra Flex add-ons when purchased with one or more line credits.