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How T-Mobile Made Hundreds Of Millions Charging Customers For "Bogus" Services

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In yet another case of corporate malfeasance (which we are sure will see heavy jail sentences and sever punishments), the Federal Trade Commission is charging T-Mobile with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers. Content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip was charged to customers unknowingly and even when customers figured it out, T-Mobile failed to provide consumers with full refunds. Is it any wonder Telcos are doing so well?

What to look for in your bill to see if you were duped by your caring telco:

From the lawsuit (link)

Defendant has not obtained authorization from consumers before charging them for Third-Party Subscriptions. Instead, the third-party merchants or billing intermediaries purportedly have obtained authorization. In many cases, however, these third parties have failed to obtain authorization from consumers.

Defendants’ phone bills include charges for its own services and third-party services. For consumers who receive their bills online, Defendant has provided an online summary:

In this summary, third-party charges, including for Third-Party Subscriptions, are included in the total for “Use Charges.” If the consumer clicked to expand the field for “Use Charges,” the consumer saw the following screen:

The category “Use charges” has included such charges as text messaging, as well as “Premium Services.” This screen, however, provides no explanation that “Premium Services” includes third-party charges for recurring Third-Party Subscriptions, nor does this section provide any additional information about the charges

A breakout of the actual third-party charges has typically appeared in the middle or towards the end of the bill, which in some instances may exceed 50 pages in length, under the heading “Premium Services.”

The information listed in this subsection has appeared in an abbreviated form (“8888906150BrnStorm23918”) that has not provided detailed information to the consumer about the nature of the charge. It has not explained that the charge was for a recurring Third-Party Subscription that the consumer purportedly authorized.

Some consumers do not even receive mobile phone bills. Consumers with pre-paid accounts do not receive monthly bills from Defendant; instead, these consumers pay a certain amount of money upfront for a specific number of minutes. When an unauthorized charge for $9.99 has been charged to these consumers’ accounts, Defendant has deducted $9.99 worth of minutes from their available balance. Defendant typically has provided no notice to the consumer of the charge.

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Full FTC Statement

FTC Alleges T-Mobile Crammed Bogus Charges onto Customers' Phone Bills

T-Mobile Was Aware For Years that Charges Were Not Authorized by its Customers

In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers.  The FTC alleges that T-Mobile received anywhere from 35 to 40 percent of the total amount charged to consumers for subscriptions for content such as flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip that typically cost $9.99 per month. According to the FTC's complaint, T-Mobile in some cases continued to bill its customers for these services offered by scammers years after becoming aware of signs that the charges were fraudulent.

"It's wrong for a company like T-Mobile to profit from scams against its customers when there were clear warning signs the charges it was imposing were fraudulent," said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. "The FTC's goal is to ensure that T-Mobile repays all its customers for these crammed charges."

In a process known as "third-party billing," a phone company places charges on a consumer's bill for services offered by another company, often receiving a substantial percentage of the amount charged. When the charges are placed on the bill without the consumer's authorization, it is known as "cramming."

The FTC's complaint alleges that in some cases, T-Mobile was charging consumers for services that had refund rates of up to 40 percent in a single month. The FTC has alleged that because such a large number of people were seeking refunds, it was an obvious sign to T-Mobile that the charges were never authorized by its customers. As the complaint notes, the refund rate likely significantly understates the percentage of consumers who were crammed. The complaint also states that internal company documents show that T-Mobile had received a high number of consumer complaints at least as early as 2012.

The FTC has made significant efforts to end mobile cramming. In the last year, in addition to holding a public workshop on mobile cramming, the Commission has filed several lawsuits against alleged mobile cramming operations Jesta Digital, Wise Media, and Tatto Inc.According to today's complaint, T-Mobile billed its customers for the services of these FTC defendants as well as an operation sued by the Texas Attorney General.

The complaint against T-Mobile alleges that the company's billing practices made it difficult for consumers to detect that they were being charged, much less by whom. When consumers viewed a summary of their T-Mobile bill online, according to the complaint, it did not show consumers that they were being charged by a third party, or that the charge was part of a recurring subscription. The heading under which the charges would be listed, "Premium Services," could only be seen after clicking on a separate heading called "Use Charges." Even after clicking, though, consumers still could not see the individual charges.

The complaint also alleges that T-Mobile's full phone bills, which can be longer than 50 pages, made it nearly impossible for consumers to find and understand third-party subscription charges. After looking past a "Summary" section as well as an "Account Service Detail" section, both of which described "Usage Charges" but did not itemize those charges, a consumer might then reach the section labeled "Premium Services," where the crammed items would be listed.

According to the complaint, the information would be listed there in an abbreviated form, such as "8888906150BrnStorm23918," that did not explain that the charge was for a recurring third-party subscription supposedly authorized by the consumer. In addition, the complaint notes that consumers who use pre-paid calling plans do not receive monthly bills, and as a result the subscription fee was debited from their pre-paid account without their knowledge.

When consumers were able to determine they were being charged for services they hadn't ordered, the complaint alleges that T-Mobile in many cases failed to provide consumers with full refunds. Indeed, the FTC charged that T-Mobile refused refunds to some customers, offering only partial refunds of two months' worth of the charges to others, and in other cases instructed consumers to seek refunds directly from the scammers – without providing accurate contact information to do so.

The complaint also notes that in some cases, T-Mobile claimed that consumers had authorized the charges despite having no proof of consumers doing so.

The FTC's complaint seeks a court order to permanently prevent T-Mobile from engaging in mobile cramming and to obtain refunds for consumers and disgorgement of T-Mobile's ill-gotten gains.

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Consequences? A fed-funded fine? Cost of doing business we presume...


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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:32 | 4914580 Dr. Engali
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Lol.... Too funny. The lines between the reality and the ridiculous get blurrier every day.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:41 | 4914601 ZerOhead
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This is nothing but another attack on American business innovation...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:49 | 4914643 Headbanger
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Then God bless the hackers who are stealing services from them!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:04 | 4914703 lordylord
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At least there is an itemized list to wade through all the bullshit.  Just imagine if there was an itemized list from the IRS and the US government.  People would flip shit.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:09 | 4914730 lordylord
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Itemized tax bill for 2014:

1.  Lafaunda's abortion....$2.37

2.  Lebrauns cell phone....$0.50

3.  Bombing the shit out of innoncent people...$128.00

4.  TSA feeling up your junk...$4.12


Total...Your life, your liberty, your happiness.


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:22 | 4914778 Manthong
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I'd use flag semaphore or fire and wet blankets before using T-Mobile again. 

I dumped them over 5 years ago.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:23 | 4914804 kchrisc
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Planting a "Liberty Garden" over an arsenal: $97

Arsenal, ammo and guillotine: $2,659

Being prepared: Priceless.


Note: A "Liberty Garden" is planted over that which one is hiding from those who that which is being hidden is ultimately for.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:02 | 4914705 ZerOhead
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They'll need more than blessings with the 60,000 NSA agents hunting them down...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:02 | 4914709 SethDealer
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Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:03 | 4914711 Ahmeexnal
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Parasitic germans.

Third strike they´re out for good.

Come on Putin, destroy the arschkriegers.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:49 | 4914647 WillyGroper
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WTF Just T-Mobile? They all do it & they're all getting a cut. 

I don't care who your cxr is, what you need to do is put a 3rd party block on billing. If you don't use it, block texting too or just use AAPL to AAPL for free. My personal experience was after receiving/not replying to a text from Mobi-Bro, that started a $9.99 per mo billing cycle. Not bad pickins for auto bots texting thousands blocks of numbers. At one time texting was their biggest money maker. Kill the beast.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:04 | 4914689 ZerOhead
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... what you need to do is put a 3rd party block on billing...

Read the fine print... that now incurs an additional $50 per month charge...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:14 | 4914761 WillyGroper
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Not with my cxr it doesn't. Same goes for 3rd party billing on a landline & prison phone calls. What cxr? Show me & look it up in the tariff's, I believe that would be illegal not to mention start a mass exodus.

If they did start that, I'd go right back to a fruit jar & a string cuz it's just one more thing I can do without. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:05 | 4914722 Sudden Debt
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Never heard about it but i do remember blocking some of those things on my kids phones. Maybe I should also put in some kind of parent block on my phone :)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:36 | 4914864 SF beatnik
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I believe I've seen subtle trickery in bills I've gotten from AT&T, Virgin Mobile, and a car insurance company.

Since the Reagan era, there has more and more of this. Soon, businesses will have to cheat to be competitive. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:22 | 4915215 Dr. Venkman
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Having a few friends that worked as sales people for T mobile and other cell phone cos (there is really high turnover for the independent stores) I would not be surprised if the sales people were gaming the system somehow by authorizing this. The incentives offered by the mobile cos. to the sales people are ridiculous and encourage graft. Not that I  doubt Tmobile would do this, however.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:12 | 4914751 Shizzmoney
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The other day, The Onion had headline: "Brazil Government ensures that it will take World Cup profits to reinvest in country's infrastructure".  And *that* was the joke.  And it was pretty fucking funny because we ALL know where that money is going.

Thing is, The Onion had fallen off until recently; but now with these many headlines, all they have to do is print the truth and/or what is supposed to happen = comedy gold.  

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:53 | 4914664 JLee2027
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Had a similiar unathorized billing experience with T Moble years ago, and dropped them. Won't do business with companies like that.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:22 | 4915044 SF beatnik
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I try to do business with companies I trust.

Over the years, I've never been screwed by Trader Joe's, Walmart, Amazon dot com, or ebay dot com. 


Oh... and zenni optical, where I save a ton of money on eye glasses. A fine business.  (No, I don't work for zenni.  And I buy a lot of eye glasses. Three separate Rxs.  Reading, computer, and driving. Extra emergency pairs for each car.)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:31 | 4914576 JustObserving
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NSA does not have enough dirt on Narendra Modi?  The new budget is due on July 10 and India may eliminate all the extra taxes on gold and silver.

Yellen will strongly disapprove.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:44 | 4914608 rubiconsolutions
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"Can you screw me now?"


Yeah, I know...that was Verizon but tumatah, tomato.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:55 | 4914675 SethDealer
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Everything is a scam now. fuck AT&T and T mobile

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:06 | 4914724 NotApplicable
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Well, thanks to Greenspanankellen, what other choice is there? Honest work simply cannot compete with the wealth transfer mechanism that is the Fed.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 20:14 | 4915859 SamuelMaverick
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T-Mobile = Lying theiving cocksuckers.

              I am so sick of companies scamming to steal money. It pisses me off even more when service resellers like straightalk can make tons of money being honest.




Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:30 | 4914577 NOTaREALmerican
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Looks like more smart-n-savvy people scamming dumbasses for fun-n-profit. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:52 | 4914658 wakablahh
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So when TMobile is fined, where does the money go.. to the people duped into paying more or to the government?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:56 | 4914677 NOTaREALmerican
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In the current version of the game we're playing all money goes to the smart-n-savvy people. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:12 | 4914748 Ness.
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The real smart and savvy people don't pay for mobile phones or the charges.  They don't pay for housing, food, cable or medical either.  

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:03 | 4914714 SethDealer
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the money always goes to the lawyers

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:35 | 4914586 Sudden Debt
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I have 32 euro's on my bill from such sms services that send me texts that I did not subscribe to, can't unsubscribe and even don't know what it is about
And guess what, I complained last week that I will not pay for it and they shut me down directly.
But off course, my subscription fees keep on going.
There's not that much I can do than to pay actually.
I noticed those bills on accident but when you look for example to your banking cost, I have about 107 euro's in service fees... What service?
And when you ask the detail, it's 10 cents there, 20 cents here, 15 cents there. How do you actually know what to do?
And I have 4 checking accounts so... All I can think of is that i never saw this!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:47 | 4914626 ZerOhead
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Somebody picks your pocket the old fashioned way and you catch them stealing they put them in jail.

A company picks a million pockets and you catch them... the most they will see is usually a small fine.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:49 | 4914638 Sudden Debt
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And what can you do? Take a 5K lawyer for a 30 euro bill?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:54 | 4914671 ZerOhead
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That is precisely what the telecom's lawyers were laughing about over a 1,000 euro lunch when they came up with this idea...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:53 | 4914665 ParkAveFlasher
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The Law Loves Inflation, The Law being simply a balloon of words.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:36 | 4914839 kchrisc
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“As long as it is admitted that the law may be diverted from its true purpose--that it may violate property instead of protecting it--then everyone will want to participate in making the law, either to protect himself against plunder or to use it for plunder.”
? Frédéric Bastiat, The Law

The law is either an instrument of justice or an instrument of plunder. Never both.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:13 | 4915186 what's that smell
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>>Somebody picks your pocket the old fashioned way and you catch them stealing they put them in jail.

>>A company picks a million pockets and you catch them... the most they will see is usually a small fine.

 dude! ayn the objective is sooooooooooo pissed at you!

get down on your hands and knees right now and beg peter schiff's forgiveness!


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:53 | 4914660 WillyGroper
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Here's what you can do SuddenDebt


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:18 | 4914782 Sudden Debt
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Thx, I'm going to check it out

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:36 | 4914588 pcrs
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Us gvt revenge for the German gvt sacking their Verizon spying agency.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:48 | 4914612 JustObserving
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How T-Mobile Made Hundreds Of Millions Charging Customers For "Bogus" Services

Lying, thieving, stealing is now the preferred business model.  After all, the CEO needs his $10 million paycheck.

If I steal from you, and you do not notice, did it really happen?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:45 | 4914617 SilverMoneyBags
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I hope the people who knew about this and looked the other way get fired. Pieces of shit.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:50 | 4914646 NOTaREALmerican
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More likely they've already gotten bonuses and promotions.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:45 | 4914618 alien-IQ
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expect them to recicve a sternly worded letter followed by a fine most likely in the ball park of $250. That'll teach em.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:46 | 4914619 Mi Naem
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"heavy jail sentences and sever punishments" 

Whoa, whoa, whoa there!  What is this, Iran?!?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:53 | 4914655 Jlasoon
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Maybe we should export these executives to Vietnam. They know what to do with them. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:52 | 4914661 Disenchanted
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I guess it all depends on which body parts are severed as punishment...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:48 | 4914627 Madcow
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if you're not cheating, you're not really trying 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:25 | 4914812 ZerOhead
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"If you're not cheating, you're not really trying "

Says everyone from Lance Armstrong to Jamie Dimon...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:48 | 4914633 Skateboarder
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Despite adblock, ZH has managed to get some gayass ads in my face. Nice.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:54 | 4914666 Jlasoon
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Update AdBlock and manually obliterate the ad. Noticed that this morning too. 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:58 | 4914667 NotApplicable
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You know, ads still load with adblock, normally you just can't see them. does a much better job (I've got 8 sites blocked on this page alone).

Also, if you are able, this hosts file helps even more. (I prefer the version as you don't have to wait for a timeout, but some browsers don't like it (so I hear))

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:10 | 4914738 Disenchanted
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"1 Simple Rule To Get Rich Trading Stocks"

Just click on the douchebag's face to get started.


Woohoo! I'm gonna be fucking rich!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:13 | 4914750 BigRedRider
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Load Ghostery to your Firefox add ins.  It destroys any annoying shit that pops up on your screen...better than NoScript and Adblock which I also use.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:22 | 4915045 TalkToLind
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Hopefully the hot asian chicks will make it back into the rotation.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:02 | 4915142 Skateboarder
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Thanks for all the tips folks. Will try the different solutions.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 18:44 | 4915501 Otto Zitte
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If you aren't paying for it, you aren't the customer.

Believe nothing.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:48 | 4914635 NOTaREALmerican
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How many old people are still paying for the AT&T "Inside Wiring" plan?   How much free money is THAT per month?  

Grandma knows that as soon as she cancels that, the phone wiring will short out and burn down her house (the nice lady on the phone said not to cancel it or "I'd have to pay.  What did the nice lady mean by 'I'd have to pay...'  ").  

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:59 | 4914693 seek
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Not to mention ongoing AOL subscribers, which are mostly old people thinking they won't have internet (which they already have through their cable provider) if they don't pay.

That cash cow has been documented on these pages many times.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:20 | 4914787 Emergency Ward
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They used to tell us that the "Inside Wire Maintenance Agreement" was the biggest money maker of all.

What's really bad was they would charge that to the old timers in "Golden Retirement Village" when Retirement Village had its own maintenance staff that fixed the wiring for nothing.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:48 | 4914636 max2205
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Billion here. Billion there....and you got some serious money

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:49 | 4914639 dochood
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There will be a class action lawsuit.  All T-Mobile users will be included, unless they opt-out.  They will win handily.  The lawyers will negotiate a settlement.  Each of the plaintiffs' lawyers will earn $15 million a piece.  Each T-Mobile user (if they opt-in to the award), will receive a coupon for one month's worth of free SMS texts from the reality show star of their choice.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:56 | 4914676 NotApplicable
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And you'll have to provide all of your personal info to obtain said coupon.

So... which Kardashian should one choose?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:07 | 4914728 dochood
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Kourtney.  Definitely Kourtney.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 19:07 | 4915510 Otto Zitte
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In my case I received a $1.98 credit on my VISA card for an undesignated "settlement" pay out by a former, socialist cocksucking MNC employer that began openly and aggressively discriminating against white people in 1995, in order to reduce their "exposure" projected by the "census". Their profit margin has been in the toilet ever since... 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:49 | 4914641 sschu
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This happened to me.  Supposedly my 12 yo daughter agreed to a charge and it showed up.  

It took threats of legal action to get them to do something.

They did fix it ... eventually.



Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:50 | 4914644 madcows
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What, $40+ a month and selling my phone number to telemarketers isn't making them enough money?

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:12 | 4914743 Sudden Debt
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Oh yeah... Everybody loves those indian "investment brokers" who call you in the middle of the night...

When I hear a indian dialect, I just tell them to fuck off and press off. 20 seconds later they call back and than I tell them to rot in hell and press off and 20 seconds later they call back and I tell them I fucking hate them and press off and 20 seconds later I press the block number.

Today, I also got a weird popup on my phone....

You have:
Walked for 12 hours last month
On bycycle 4 hours
Want to know more?


And that came from google... My wife finds that "amazing".... I just can't explain her that that is just plain spying

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:42 | 4915294 Atomizer
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You need to have fun and reply back. I won't state my witty life threatening reply on this blog. They are just a nuscence advertising spammer. Don't freak out, take control of the situation. IMHO 

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:51 | 4914650 Dr. Engali
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See that's why I have AT&T. They have a long established history of trust with their customers and they would never do anything to tarnish their reputation. Hey.... what was that? I thought I heard somebody breathing and listening to my phone call.... ahh it was nothing I'm sure.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:57 | 4914679 NotApplicable
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That's just quality control.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:53 | 4914659 rsh00
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Welcome USSA to 3rd world business practices too! Bharti (Airtel) has been doing this since like forever in all circles of India. They bleed prepaid customers of even the last 5 rupees (1 USD=60 INR as of 30-Jun-2014). So like, poor folk who've been saving talktime for real emergencies suddenly find a new Bollywood Masala movie tidbit just deducted 5 bucks from their balance and they can't make any more calls.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:57 | 4914678 Bemused Observer
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People use their phones for so many things, I'm sure a lot of people figure they DID use the service at some time, for something.

Then they look at that 9 dollar charge, and get a mental image of themselves, on the phone for 1 1/2 hours, pressing 1 for English, then 'pressing' their way through the entire menu, then waiting on hold for 45 minutes for the next available representative, and convince themselves they probably DID order this at some point, and it's only 9 bucks, so...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:57 | 4914681 seek
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And T-mobile is the good cell provider in the US. Charging 60% of what Verizon/AT&T do, not charging data overages etc.

So they're sleazy too, and V/AT&T are working with FTC to hurt them since they're starting to cause them pain. Fascism, it's everywhere.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:58 | 4914683 izzee
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You know that T Mobile and Sprint are attemping to Merge.  Sprint is majority owned by Softbank, the Japanese firm.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:22 | 4914798 WillyGroper
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Hesse the CEO of Sprint is an ex T exec.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:01 | 4914704 Bunga Bunga
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Fee on paid fees.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:03 | 4914713 Goldilocks
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Catherine Zeta Jones - T-Mobile Commercial (0:29)

T-mobile, "Get more" (3:04)

T-Mobile Advert "Lifes For Sharing" (2:50)

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:04 | 4914718 Yen Cross
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  Not real smart considering customers are already on edge with all the NSA spying. I guess "goodwill" can be thrown into the same basket as ".gov cares about you, and there is no inflation".


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:13 | 4914759 Shizzmoney
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I bet all that happens is a Class-Action lawsuit, and all T-Mobile customers get $200 from it.  

They make out like bandits in the end.  Like all corporate thieves.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:14 | 4914768 kchrisc
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T-Mobile's graft payment must be overdue.

Script: Some lawyers will get richer, a “fine,” that will make the government just a little less broke, will be paid, the pols and crats involved will get career boosts,  one or two goy will go to jail and the customers affected will  get next to nothing.

How'd I do?!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:18 | 4914781 JRobby
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Come on guys! Big Telco's & Cable Co's = Racketeering.

They manufacture income by adding line items to the billing systems. It's a license to print $$$$$$$$$$$$$. What PUC? What FCC? They do whateber they want.

Filthy animals.


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:22 | 4914797 JRobby
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The states and Feds collect taxes on this fictitious bullshit too!!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:30 | 4914833 Notsobadwlad
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Wall Street says you gotta have growth baby or you are yesterday's news and you are out of your power position.

... what a (false) way to live...

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:35 | 4914861 GIABO
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Virgin mobile prepaid for $35.00 bucks a month... cell phone contracts are so 2005. I call it simply cell phone rape.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:36 | 4914866 Duc888
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Jrobby: The states and Feds collect taxes on this fictitious bullshit too!!.



That's why Gov never steps in to try to ease the gasoline " pain.  They make so much $$$ off the taxes.  Higher gas prices are GREAT for fedgov.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:37 | 4914872 Duc888
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"Virgin mobile prepaid for $35.00 bucks a month... cell phone contracts are so 2005. I call it simply cell phone rape."

VIOP for me next month, gonna shit can Sprint, port my number and save over $1000 a year.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:13 | 4915014 Yen Cross
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  If you aren't selling stinger missles or plotting any assassinations , you can get a Google Talk number for free on a Gmail account. It works for local and long distance in US and Canada. If you go overseas it will also work if you have a us number. I've used it to call the states from Australia free.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:41 | 4914886 luckylogger
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They all make shit up on their bills, I have had it happen to me with both AT&T and verizon.

Then they can screw up your credit if you refuse to pay it........

Like somebody said- No wonder they are doing so good.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:43 | 4914894 smacker
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T-Mobile are obviously emulating the British Telecom (BT) practice of charging for bogus calls. According to two recent BT phone bills, I made calls from my home landline when I was 6,000 miles away and the phone cable was pulled out of the wall socket before I went away. Although BT eventually credited the bogus charges, they have never apologised.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:46 | 4914908 GIABO
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Duc888...I got rid of Sprint years ago and never looked back... FREEEEDOMMMMM!!!!

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 15:54 | 4914942 Duc888
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"Duc888...I got rid of Sprint years ago and never looked back... FREEEEDOMMMMM!!!!"


It may not work 100% for EVERYONE, but for me Magic Jack will work fine, unlimited local and LD calls.  Guy in the shop next to me uses it and loves it.


Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:20 | 4915040 TalkToLind
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I don't have a "free" phone.  I don't have a 2 year contract.  If a cellular company tries this type of shit on me, I will WALK.    

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 16:33 | 4915064 the not so migh...
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i do prepay, fuck contracts

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 17:26 | 4915229 Atomizer
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I'll need to look at my T-Mobile bill from last month, unless she already schreded the document. I am a grandfathered tmobile user. My primary line line includes three piggyback lines. One flat fee for unlimited, and 5 GB to download my financial porn.

Thanks for the heads up.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 19:32 | 4915709 GrinandBearit
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Got rid my cell phone years ago so fuck them.

Cable companies also try to pull the same shit.  Make sure you read your monthly bill very carefully.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 19:53 | 4915785 JimmyRainbow
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in germany all t-shit is known for such practice.

they will never change, their root ist the old german postal service.

that root is poisoning the complete tree.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:01 | 4916023 Westcoastliberal
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T-Mobile should suffer from loss of any FCC licenses they hold, forever, and be forced to refund their customers in full plus treble damages.

I'm sick to death of these huge coriporations fucking the public and their customers with zero penalty.

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 21:15 | 4916070 robnume
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The weather made 'em do it!!

Wed, 07/02/2014 - 00:41 | 4916254 ricky663
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I recall seeing some random/unsubscribed-to texts hitting my phone in 2012 (used AT&T before we bailed to Thailand). I never had time to scrutinize the bill to see if I was being charged (who the f*ck has time to go through your phone bills? I was too busy working to pay taxes, phone and other bills!!).

Here in Thailand the system is somewhat different. Our daughter has an "all-in, unlimited" plan for 690 Thai Baht/month (about $21 US). This is a great deal compared to USA, where we paid ~$100 for the "same."

The wife and I use prepaid minutes only here. If we need internet, it is easy to find free WiFi. This reduces our costs to ~$7-10/month.

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