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FCC to Smack Sprint with $105M Cramming Fine

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Dec 16, 2014, 4:36 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

The FCC is prepared to hit Sprint with a massive fine over alleged cramming practices, according to the Wall Street Journal. The FCC says Sprint played a "willful" role in charging customers for text message alerts, horoscopes, sports scores, ring tones, and other unwanted services. The FCC said Sprint was hit with 35,000 complaints over cramming charges during a three-month window in the middle of 2013. The FCC hasn't finalized the fine against Sprint, but three of the five commissioners are prepared to vote in favor of the penalty. AT&T settled with the FCC for a similar amount over cramming earlier this year, and the FTC is suing T-Mobile for the same practice.

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WhySoBluePandaBear

Dec 16, 2014, 6:18 PM
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This is bullshit

TO ALL COMPANIES. These willfully ignorant, irresponsible parents need to EAT the costs of their children being mostly the sole cause and reason for this.


They need to own up to their mistake if it was theirs, or their kids and stop trying to blame a company who only RELAYED the charge to you. You ask for something and ask to have it billed to your "tab" - you then pay the tab - you don't try this scapegoat of "Oh, It was my kid, henceforth, it doesn't count".



Would be funny if the companies denied service to all FCC officials lol. Revoke their accounts and access and tell them to have fun on some MVNO.
Funny how guys like you constantly blame the customer when the provider screws them over. But you can never show any evidence the customer was wrong. Yet, there is a plenty of evidence that these companies willfully and unethically lied to their custo...
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"Would be funny if the companies denied service to all FCC officials lol. Revoke their accounts and access and tell them to have fun on some MVNO."

In that case, the FCC could pull all their spectrum licences. Contrary to popular belief, while comp...
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Why be personally responsible when we can just blame everybody else and have the government save us from those big bad evil corporations?
I have no problem with going after legitimate scams but ignorant people a scam does not make.
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thebriang

Dec 16, 2014, 8:08 PM

Just a cash grab by the .gov

Im guessing VZW is next up, and if not, all the other big carriers should countersue.
They ALL allowed premium text message scams, I mean "features", and the FCC ignored complaints about them for many years prior.
Many people got huge cellular bills (and also got their lines shut off, and ETF fees) because someone on their account texted JOKE, and when they contacted the carrier, were told "we cant help you".
We also don't have valid contact details for that service, but try to reply "STOP" or "QUIT" or maybe "PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME THEY ARE GOING TO SUSPEND MY LINES OF SERVICE FOR THESE BS FEES YOU KEEP CHARGING ME".
It got a little easier to cancel towards the end but are any of those people getting commensurate money back from ...
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Considering the context of your post, I didn't understand why you said this, "Just a cash grab by the .gov' until I read this, "but are any of those people getting commensurate money back from these "settlements"?"

While I totally agree with the go...
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