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. “wow dude, just wow… what color is the air on your planet?”

    Same as yours. Research the info yourself.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/145921/2010/01/att_settlement.html

    http://www.spamdailynews.com/publish/ATT_tech_outs_NSA_spy_room.shtml

    Far as the phone book in the mailbox thing, that’s a personal observation and the shell companies private contractors take the fall if caught, but AT&T benefits. So I have no reference for that at this time.

  2. “wow dude, just wow… what color is the air on your planet?”

    Same as yours. Research the info yourself.

    http://www.macworld.com/article/145921/2010/01/att_settlement.html

    http://www.spamdailynews.com/publish/ATT_tech_outs_NSA_spy_room.shtml

    Far as the phone book in the mailbox thing, that’s a personal observation and the shell companies private contractors take the fall if caught, but AT&T benefits. So I have no reference for that at this time.

  3. I forgot to include AT&T benefits because they only pay enough to deliver the phone books as easily as possible, which usually is the roadside mailbox, instead of what it really costs to deliver to the front door like they say they want.

    So it’s the case of: “We want you to do it this way, but we are going to pay for you enough to do it the way you shouldn’t be doing it.”

    When I found out my son got involved with this scam, I was pissed.

  4. I forgot to include AT&T benefits because they only pay enough to deliver the phone books as easily as possible, which usually is the roadside mailbox, instead of what it really costs to deliver to the front door like they say they want.

    So it’s the case of: “We want you to do it this way, but we are going to pay for you enough to do it the way you shouldn’t be doing it.”

    When I found out my son got involved with this scam, I was pissed.

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