AT&T pays $105 million for 'cramming' phone charges

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  1. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Some of us may get a nice fat $10 check in the mail soon!


    Source and remainder of article:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/personal/2014/10/08/ftc-att-cramming-settlement/16908401/
     
  2. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Can I spend that $10 buying you a sandwich, GoCubsGo? :eek:
     
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  4. WolfSnap macrumors 6502a

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    I can't recall a single charge on my bill that was put there by another vendor. Ever. And I've had cell phones since the late 80's.

    How does this even happen?
     
  5. bigjim83 macrumors 6502

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    They are always throwing something on our bills. I'll take the 10 bucks I guess. No point in letting them keep it
     
  6. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    I've always been curious as to why my bill is different every month? It's not that I'm going over my data or minutes or anything. It ranges anywhere from $75.xx - $79.xx
     
  7. wxman2003 Suspended

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    You only got charged for those services if you actually added them on yourself. Remember those commericals on tv telling you to text code XXXXX to get horoscope services, joke of the day, etc? That's where those charges originated. People were foolish enough to do that, and then they got upset when they saw the additional charge. They wanted to blame the carriers when in fact they were the idiots for texting that code.
     
  8. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    Same here. My AT&T bill doesn't change every single month, but every so often the price will be different and then stay that way. Based on the detailed bill, I believe these are some of those state fees and whatnot.

    So first Red Bull, and now AT&T. Two more Subway five dollar footlongs.
     
  9. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    I just find it odd that state fees and what not change monthly? Do they really change that often?!
     
  10. myscrnnm macrumors 6502a

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    So I just looked at my bill history. It went up to $76.58 in October 2013, $76.73 in January 2014, $76.74 in April 2014, and $77.26 in July 2014.

    I compared the last time that my bill changed. AT&T is very tricky and won't let you view more than one at a time. Here are the changes:

    City Utility Users Surcharge: $2.66 - $2.69 = +$0.03
    Federal Universal Service Charge: $1.90 -$1.86 = -$0.04
    Regulatory Cost Recovery Charge: $0.49 - $0.98 = +$0.49

    City District Sales Tax - Telecom: $0.88 - $0.89 = +$0.01
    WA State Sales Tax - Telecom: $2.88 - $2.90 = +$0.02

    I'm guessing they need to change that often as the government realizes how much money it needs.
     
  11. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Thanks for taking the time to compare. Looks like it's all there... it's all city/federal fees that keep changing. Don't like that they have the power to do that..
     
  12. maliu macrumors 6502a

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    I got a $40 check for my first iPad and the so called ability to turn unlimited data on and off. ;-)
     
  13. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    So every AT&T line will get a $10 check or just those that had those cramming charges on their lines before?
     
  14. Eileen89 macrumors 65816

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    I've never had an issue with AT&T cramming charges on any of my bills.

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    From what I've heard, the checks will only go out to those who had reported problems with their bill. Don't know how AT&T will determine if it was cramming or not, though.
     
  15. iceperson macrumors 6502

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    Just because it never affected you doesn't mean it wasn't happening. I certainly never signed up for the fun fact of the day trash I was getting. The problem was AT&T was getting a cut of the pie, so they had no interest in blocking the fraudulent charges.
     

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