Rogers announced they’re dropping the hated $6.95 cellphone system access fee. They’re replacing it with a “regulatory recovery fee” ranging from $2.46 to $3.46. They’re also raising their rates by $5. The net effect is that rates will increase between $.51 and $1.51. Rogers is also adding three non-optional calling features, in vain effort to minimize the wrath that will surely ensue. Talk about rate rage.
This is a scheme so brilliant it could only have been developed by a marketer in collusion with an accountant. To announce a lowering of fees when it is actually a fee increase is the finest example of double-speak.
It actually goes further than that. Why even list any separate fee? It’s the same kind of deception and nonsense we see in car prices (with fees for freight and inspection) and airline tickets (with fees for security, landing, taking off, passenger facility, airport use, and god knows what else.)
The bottom line is that there should be only one bottom line. Only one number should be given for any price. (Well, one pre-tax number, anyway.)
Here’s how I (or any sane tech writer) would have documented this change:
It’s honest, it’s clear and it respects the user; something all documentation should do.