AT&T Acquires T-Mobile USA For $39 Billion

The FCC negotiated settlements with both T-Mobile and AT&T over mobile “cramming”, an act carriers know all too well by sneaking recurring monthly charges onto your bill through ringtones, trivia, horoscopes and more.

In October, AT&T agreed to pay $105 million to settle up with the FCC. T-Mobile agreed to pay $90 million earlier this month. The FCC will take some of the settlement for its own gain – it’s the government after all – and some will be distributed back to customers.

During a press conference on Monday, US Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., who was on the Senate committee investigating the situation, said: “Those carriers have been profiting from those false, fraudulent fees to the tune of 30 to 40 cents of every dollar, and that is not only wrong, it’s illegal, and it should produce refunds for consumers, but it won’t automatically do so.”

The FCC and the mobile carriers have set-up web pages so customers can find out if they’re entitled to any money, free of charge.

For AT&T customers, you have until May 1, 2015 to apply for a refund. AT&T customers can visit this webpage and enter their phone number and email address to find out if they’re eligible for a refund.

For T-Mobile customers, you have until April 30, 2015 to apply for a refund. T-Mobile’s process is a bit more complicated, but still not too bad. There’s full directions, but essentially you’ll need to request an account summary, scan over your charges, mark the charges that you did not authorize, and send it back to T-Mobile.

If you’re a Sprint customer, it won’t be long until you can apply for the same thing, as the FCC recently imposed the same fine on the number three carrier as AT&T.

[Harford Courant via Business Insider]

  • Bugs Bunnay

    just how much are we talking about? petty change? keep it.

    • Endriu Andrei

      That is how this greedy mfkers are making money…because there are people like you…

      • Bugs Bunnay

        don’t have a cow.

    • Antzboogie

      You’re an idiot.

      • Bugs Bunnay

        thank you.

  • quitcherbichinn

    The fine print, as I quickly went past it and couldn’t get back to, said payment could take up to 9 months. LOL I’ll wait with baited breath for that 18 cents!

    • Endriu Andrei

      What is wrong with you people? The point is not how much they took…the point is that they stole it from you…and many other people…and they made some money….you fools

      • quitcherbichinn

        I wasn’t talking about how much AT&T did, or didn’t take. I’m talking about the amount of money the government will return, after they take their cut. Perhaps it is you who is the fool. Thanks.

    • Antzboogie

      Next time it will be more money if you don’t pay attention.

  • blu

    Applied for mine. Not sure how much, but as said, they took money from their customers. While it probably won’t be much, still my money.

  • MrSergioRamos

    It doesn’t matter if it’s pennies or a few bucks, it’s the point that matters because some people have business with them and they spend thousands a month so in the end it’s not just change…

  • Antzboogie

    Sorry no one can have my money for free not even one cents!!!!

    • Bugs Bunnay

      wait… hold up. one cents? or… one cent??? >.<

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    These fines are a joke. They amount to far, far less then AT&T and T-Mobile profited off this theft. As such, it behooves those companies to continue this practice and pay minuscule fines henceforth. On top of the full repayment for every cent taken, AT&T and T-Mobile should be forced to pay punitive damages to the tune of billions of dollars, lest you failed to incentivize them to do the right thing next time.

  • Sullivan S

    Regardless of how Conan feels, he doesn’t run TBS. Even if he did decide to take a holiday this week there’s nothing to stop them from bringing in a guest host. It’s probably just a coincidence they’re on reruns this week.

  • Kara_Brewer T

    I grew up with Conan, watching him from the beginning. I loved the early days of his show, when he had one of the best writers rooms you could ever imagine. They were the next evolutionary step after what Letterman did in the 80s. Conan is still fantastic, but the show lost it’s edge for me in the early 00s and Ferguson picked up where they left off, except with a really dark slant. It’s a shame he didn’t do better than he did, his dark edge is what make him fantastic and what ultimately made him inaccessible for a lot of people.