FCC Says U.S. Carriers Complied with 'Bill Shock' Rules
The Federal Communications Commission today boasted that its attempts to prevent "bill shock" have proven mostly successful. According to the FCC, the bulk of American wireless customers are protected from bill shock because most U.S. wireless network operators met the April 17 deadline to provide free, automatic alerts to customers who approach or exceed their wireless plan limits. Before the program was put into motion 18 months ago, some consumers complained about receiving large bills with no warning from their carrier that they had exceeded plan limits. "This milestone is a clear win for consumers," said Chairman Julius Genachowski. "These text alerts will allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of mobile without unexpected hits to their wallets."
Houses Passes Bill that Could Cripple FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed bill HR 2666, which could interfere with the FCC's ability to enforce net neutrality provisions.
Cricket Offering Bill Credits to Switchers
Cricket Wireless recently unveiled an offer meant to lure in customers of competing carriers. Through July 14, Cricket will reward consumers who port in their number with $50 in bill credits.
FCC Relaxes Rules Governing 800 MHz Spectrum
The FCC this week made it easier for carriers to add LTE to their 800 MHz spectrum holdings. Rules concerning the 800 MHz band (CDMA Band Class 0, LTE Band 5) have been in place since 1981 and limit how much power carriers can use to transmit wireless signals across those airwaves.
FCC Fines AT&T $100 Million Over Throttling Practices
The FCC today took action against AT&T for misleading consumers about its unlimited mobile data plans and throttling policies. The agency says AT&T willfully and repeatedly violated its Open Internet Transparency Rule, which was put in place in 2010.
FCC Moves to Better Protect Against Unwanted Calls
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today circulated a new proposal for taming unwanted robocalls and text messages to mobile phones. According to the FCC, the proposal is a response to more than a dozen petitions seeking clarity on when robocalls and other phone-based outreach is permitted.
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Taking responsibility for your own wireless account and using the available self service options that that carrier provides. What kind of world are we living in? Bill shock...what a joke!!! The Senate will pass this b
You are agreeing to the service, it is your own responsibility to know, and track your usage. You don't need a calculator, every single carrier has star and pound codes you can dial directly into the device to retrieve anything you need...
ONE TIME I went into my account and set it up to shut down data service when a certain threshold is met. When that happens, I have to log into their website and click an override button to reac...