Nearly 2 million New Yorkers eligible for part of $160M Verizon, Sprint refunds

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.

Verizon Customers | Check to see if you’re eligible

Sprint Customers | Check to see if you’re eligible

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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