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Sprint Facing $105 Million Fine for Bogus Charges

by Todd Haselton | December 17, 2014December 17, 2014 4:00 pm PST

Sprint event April 29

Sprint is facing a $105 million fine from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for willfully and erroneously charging its customers for bogus cramming fees. According to The Wall Street Journal, it would be a “record fine” of its size, though Sprint isn’t the only carrier that has been accused or charged by the FCC.

T-Mobile was also charged for adding on bogus “cram” charges to customer accounts, though the carrier said it was the fault of third party subscriptions services. AT&T was also fined $105 million in 2014 for similar practices and is now paying affected customers back. In this case, Sprint may also be fined for charging customers for “text message alerts, horoscopes, sports scores, ring tones and other unwanted services,” The Wall Street Journal explained.

The Wall Street Journal said that more than 35,000 Sprint customers complained about the charges between August and Oct. 2013. If found guilty, it’s likely those customers may be awarded some sort of settlement for the charges, as has been the case with other carriers.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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