According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), AT&T will be refunding more than $88 million to over 2.7 million users who were unfairly charged in their bills by third parties. About a couple of years ago, the major US wireless carrier had agreed to pay a penalty in the amount of $105 million as settlement for an investigation conducted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has issued a statement revealing that it has recently entered into a settlement with major US wireless carrier AT&T, wherein AT&T will need to pay $6.8 million to wireline customers who were charged $9 a month for availing of directory assistance services that turned out to be run by scammers. The scam was originally discovered by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and after some investigation, it was determined that that the phony directory assistance services was set up as a tool to assist in money laundering activities.
According to a report by Fierce Wireless, Republic Wireless is planning to offer service on both GSM and CDMA networks possibly in March or April of this year. On top of that, the budget friendly wireless carrier will also be debuting a new payment option for mobile devices in the next few months.
Since April earlier this year, Republic Wireless had already been hinting that it will be restructuring some of its plans and pricing in the next few months. Well, the carrier certainly held true to its word, recently making some big changes to its contract free mobile plans.
Specifically, it has incorporated a number of new pricing tiers to its current plans, and is adjusting certain inclusions on wireless data. Lastly, Republic Wireless has also finally launched its data refund feature
Customers of AT&T who filed for refunds after experiencing unwanted charges on their phone bills may not be able to get full reimbursement from the US major wireless carrier. The reason: there is just not enough money to go around. Yikes.
As of this writing, over 3 million current and former subscribers of AT&T have sent their applications for refunds as part of a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over illegal charges that have been "crammed" on their phone bills. The FTC had determined that third parties had utilized the carrier's premium text messaging service and then AT&T then charged the use of this service to its subscribers.
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