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Court Approves Ringtone Lawsuit Settlement

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Nov 11, 2009, 1:56 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

A court in Chicago has given preliminary approval to settle 30 class-action lawsuits against companies that charged for ringtones, games and other content that end users thought were free. Each claimant will receive either $10 cash award or a $10 refund (via their carrier). Given the number of possible claimants, the companies in question may pay out as much as $63 million. Some of the defendants include Sony Pictures, MBlox, and Lavalife.

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Nov 12, 2009, 1:26 PM

Thank You Lawyers...

Their pockets are full from this...

...To the consumer, here is like about 10 bucks back...

Score? 1-0 Lawyers Win Consumer Loses

Nov 11, 2009, 2:24 PM


These charges are outrageous, I know a LOT of people who have kids downloading ringtones and games because carriers like ATT and Verizon won't let you send photo messages if you don't have internet on the phone.

And it's incredible that those tv texting commercials make so much money off of idiots trying to check thier horoscope, get ringtones or find thier "true love"

what a scam... hopefully the stuff ALL gets taken down.
The only time you cannot send of receive MMS on AT&T is when you have Data Opt Out / Data Block. You need not have data covered to do it, data pay per use and data packages both will allow you to send them.
Actually, You can send photo messages unless you have a text or data block on the line. AT&T has smart limites which is a feature that blocks downloads on the number if you set it up in the online account manager.

I'm not sure if Verizon has anythi...
ok. every service provider has some sort of purchase blocker to keep stuff like this from happening. it's not the carriers fault. it's a scam by mblox and mqube and all those stupid companies it's free at first and then get set up for subscription.
those bastards got me as well so hoooray Very Happy
Sorry, but monitoring your kids useage of a wireless phone is part of parenting. If you cant be bothered, then get them one of those special kids phones with none of those options.

Whatever happened to taking responsibility for things?


Nov 11, 2009, 8:05 PM

Just what the doctor ordered...

...these companies were getting out of line with their fake Facebook apps which ended up billing you $9.95 for ringtones, etc...

And yes, it happened to me. Somehow. Thank God Verizon now blocks any type of 3rd party billing to my account.

Is it possible that you signed up for the service, and just didnt bother to read the full term of service? I would bet dollars to doughnuts that the charges were spelled out in there in full.
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