Think you're paying too much for your cellular phone service? If you live in Los Angeles, Boston or San Francisco, you're probably right. Cellular phone rates in these three cities are the highest in the nation, with Los Angeles topping the chart: The average business user there racks up $120.69 in charges per month.
The reason? In addition to a high demand for service, these cities are built in very hilly areas, and, as a result, cell phone carriers had to build more wireless towers than carriers in, say, Philadelphia or Sacramento, says Charles Mahla of Econ One Research Inc., an economics research and consulting firm in Los Angeles. "The added expense to build and maintain these systems can, in part, explain the higher rates," he says.
But there's still hope. According to Econ One, cell phone companies across the country are starting to offer one-rate pricing, similar to the pricing plans of some long-distance carriers.
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