Verizon Wireless Files Lawsuit Against SMS Defrauders
Verizon Wireless today announced that it has filed a lawsuit in Phoenix, Ariz., against several individuals and entities in order to break up a fraudulent Premium SMS operation. The lawsuit, which names Jason Hope and Wayne P. DeStefano and companies they own, including Cylon, Jawa and EyeLevel Holdings, alleges that the defendants circumvented Verizon's policies regarding Premium SMS services and misappropriated approved short codes for unapproved campaigns. Verizon also alleges that the defendants blocked select IP addresses, redirected visitors to shell web sites, and attempted to hide the existence of the scheme from Verizon's normal auditing processes. Verizon is seeking an injunction to stop Hope and DeStefano from defrauding Verizon and its customers, in addition to compensation.
Flat Wireless Alleges Verizon Charging Unfair Roaming Rates
Flat Wireless, a Texas-based company, has filed a complaint with the FCC over roaming rates charged by Verizon Wireless. Flat said Verizon's data rates are "unjust and unreasonable in absolute terms and in relation to charges assessed by Verizon Wireless for similar services to its retail customers, MVNOs, and to international roaming partners.
Sprint and Verizon Fined Total of $158M to Settle Cramming Charges
The FCC today said Sprint and Verizon Wireless have agreed to pay $158 million to settle charges that they fraudulently charged customers for third-party services — a tactic referred to as cramming. Specifically, Sprint will pay a total of $68 million, $50 million of which will go back to customers, $14 million of which will go to state governments, and $2 million of which will go to the federal government.
FTC Drops Cram-Hammer On T-Mobile
The Federal Trade Commission today filed a complaint regarding T-Mobile's billing practices for premium third-party services. The FTC alleges that T-Mobile made millions of dollars by allowing companies to tack high monthly fees onto its customers' bills, while often pocketing 30% to 40% of those fees.
T-Mobile Makes It Easy to Get Premium SMS Refunds
T-Mobile today said it will reach out to customers who it believes were charged for unwanted premium SMS services so that they might request a refund. T-Mobile ceased offering premium SMS services last year when it ascertained some providers were charging customers even though the customers never requested the service in question.
Verizon, AT&T Using 'Supercookies' to Track Customers
Verizon Wireless and AT&T have both admitted to using a tool called supercookies to track the web usage of their customers. The supercookies log which web sites Verizon and AT&T customers visit, generating data that Verizon and AT&T can sell to advertisers.
as an employee of a Cellphone company.... NO company should be able to attach to your bill.
Your cell phone bill should be CLOSED to outside companys....
I cant understand the concept of ALLOWING a company to bill your customers for somehting that MIGHT or might not have been click at the wrong time....
I never understood how a third party could simple attach themselves to your bill.
thats unless your a customer...then you NEVER push those buttons apparently
Has anybody actually used premium SMS?
So I throw down a challenge here: other than donating to the Red Cross (which if you're going to do, you could write them a check) via SMS, who here has used and would want to keep premium SMS?
Block Premium SMS
OMG! This Is Devastating!