New York State Sues Sprint Over Tax Fraud
Updated: added response from Sprint
The New York State attorney general filed a lawsuit against Sprint Nextel today, alleging that the company deliberately failed to bill customers for $100 million worth of taxes over a seven-year period. The lawsuit is the first to be filed with New York's new False Claims Act. The state is seeking three times the amount of uncollected taxes plus unspecified penalties. New York also accused Sprint of purposely refusing to collect the taxes in order to lower the monthly bill for its services when compared to rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Sprint responded, "This complaint is without merit and Sprint categorically denies the complaint's allegations. We have collected and paid over to New York every penny of sales taxes on mobile wireless services that we believe our customers owe under New York state law. With this lawsuit, the Attorney General’s office is claiming New York consumers, who already pay some of the highest wireless taxes in the country, should pay even more."
Major Carriers Cut Off Location Aggregators After Abuse
Sprint this week became the last major US carrier to commit to ending its relationships with location aggregators, companies that resell phone location data, including real-time customer location. AT&T and T-Mobile last week pledged to cut off location aggregators in March, while Verizon has also told The Washington Post that it's working to end its location aggregator contracts.
Senators Probing Carriers Over Video Throttling Claims
Nov 16, 2018
Recently published research suggests the four major wireless carriers are throttling video traffic and three Senate Democrats want to know what's going on. Senators Edward Markey (Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), and Ron Wyden (Ore.) sent letters to AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless about the allegations with a demand for a formal explanation from each.
CAT S48c Rugged Phone Coming to Verizon
Jan 10, 2019
The ultra-rugged CAT S48c will soon be available to Verizon business customers, the two brands announced this morning. The S48c has been available with Sprint since early November.
Sprint Agrees to Pay $330M In Tax Settlement
Dec 21, 2018
Sprint has agreed to pay the state of New York $330 million to settle a False Claims Act lawsuit filed way back in 2011. New York claimed that Sprint failed to collect more than $100 million in state and local taxes over a period of 10 years.
California Proposes to Tax Text Messages to Fund Service for Low-Income Residents
Dec 12, 2018
California state legislators have suggested the state implement a tax on text messages in order to help fund the Public Purpose Program. The PPP is similar to the Mobility Fund operated by the federal government.
The big question is....
whoever filed this
I dont want to sound bias but no company's stupid enough to think that they can get away with something as big as this one. if this is true, might have been something unintentional.
I personally doubt this since Sprint,like any other company has a dedicated department for stuffs like this. just my 2cents
Sprint has been conducting shady business practices (like this) and "fuzzy math" billing since it was built.
Does that necessarily mean that sprint meant to produce mal content ?
Ice berg ahead.
How about the states all work towards demanding lowering the monthly charge for smart phones!
What I will say is that if Sprint's motivation was indeed to "lower bills" to get a one-up over competition, this will hurt their already fragile economic condition! They are already struggling to stay close to $4 a s...