Verizon Wireless to pay $25 million for spurious data charges

“Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay a fine of $25 million and at least $52.8 million in refunds to customers who inadvertently racked up data charges on their phones over the last three years, federal regulators said Thursday,” Peter Svensson reports for The Associated Press.

“The Federal Communications Commission said the settlement is the largest in its history,” Svensson reports. “To forestall action by the FCC, Verizon Wireless said earlier this month that it would issue refunds, mostly of $2 to $6, to about 15 million subscribers. It didn’t give a total value for the refunds.”

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Svensson reports, “The FCC started asking Verizon Wireless last year about $1.99-a-megabyte data access fees that appeared on the bills of customers who didn’t have data plans but who accidentally initiated data or Web access by pressing a button on their phones… After the Cleveland Plain Dealer raised awareness of the spurious fees, Verizon Wireless said last year that it would take steps to prevent the charges from appearing and that it would issue refunds to customers who complained.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Lynn W.” for the heads up.]

26 Comments

  1. Well let me tell you this.

    AT&T agreed to settle out of court for illegal and excessive termination fee’s if one canceled their contracts, did they pay? No.

    AT&T hangs and places phones books in US postal mailboxes using a series of shell companies. It’s a $500 fine per indecent for everyone else and yet they do it all over the country routinely. Do they get busted? No.

    A white hacker who informed AT&T that their iPad website was vulnerable to a certain simple automated script attack (could be done by a human but faster with a script) to gleam the email addresses of iPad owners was raided by the Feds and a bunch of drugs found on the premises. He now sits in jail awaiting trial.

    AT&T has secret NSA rooms next to the backbone of the Internet servers.

    Verizon seems the right way to go as they are being excessively fined by the government and AT&T is the wrong way to go if you ask me. It’s likely because Steve is such a lefty that Verizon blew him off the first time.

  2. Well let me tell you this.

    AT&T agreed to settle out of court for illegal and excessive termination fee’s if one canceled their contracts, did they pay? No.

    AT&T hangs and places phones books in US postal mailboxes using a series of shell companies. It’s a $500 fine per indecent for everyone else and yet they do it all over the country routinely. Do they get busted? No.

    A white hacker who informed AT&T that their iPad website was vulnerable to a certain simple automated script attack (could be done by a human but faster with a script) to gleam the email addresses of iPad owners was raided by the Feds and a bunch of drugs found on the premises. He now sits in jail awaiting trial.

    AT&T has secret NSA rooms next to the backbone of the Internet servers.

    Verizon seems the right way to go as they are being excessively fined by the government and AT&T is the wrong way to go if you ask me. It’s likely because Steve is such a lefty that Verizon blew him off the first time.

  3. Yeah Big Red said when Steve walked into the meeting, “Let’s Blow This Guy”!

    Someone else says, “Away! Let’s Blow This Guy Away”! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Good for me cause I like AT&T but that’s cause AT&T has never wronged me.

  4. Yeah Big Red said when Steve walked into the meeting, “Let’s Blow This Guy”!

    Someone else says, “Away! Let’s Blow This Guy Away”! ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

    Good for me cause I like AT&T but that’s cause AT&T has never wronged me.

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