NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) — A lawsuit which in 2014 landed T-Mobile and AT&T in trouble with the law and their customers has made its way around to Verizon and Sprint.
The two cellphone behemoths settled, similarly to T-Mobile and AT&T, in massive multi-million dollar settlements. Verizon and Spring settled for a combined $158 million, which will be returned to their customers who are eligible for refunds.
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All four mobile phone companies were dinged for a dishonest practice called cramming, which is charging customers for services they did not request, like text services from games to horoscopes and text updates.
“It’s both unfair and illegal to charge consumers for services they did not request, a practice that Sprint and Verizon engaged in over several years,” Attorney General Schneiderman said.
Parts of the settlement will be paid as punishments to New York State and the Federal Government. Roughly $20 million of the $158 million will be paid in punitive payments.