Wireless carriers charged with text messaging lawsuit

By on May 20, 2008, 7:05 PM
Text messaging rates have always been a little too pricey despite requiring such a tiny amount of bandwidth. With most mobile carriers charging you not only for outgoing text messages but for incoming ones as well, wireless bills can inadvertently get mighty expensive. Well, a new class-action lawsuit has been filed in a Mississippi federal court with hopes of ending this price gauging.

The suit names AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Alltel, US Cellular, Cellular South, and Virgin Mobile saying their subscribers are entitled to compensation for “unauthorized charges, wrongful collections and unjust enrichment.” The allegations, among other things, focus on charges for unsolicited text messages received by subscribers “without offering its customers the opportunity to avoid such charges by opting out of text messaging.” We’ll have to wait and see how this class-action pans out, but hopefully it won’t end in a useless settlement for subscribers while the plaintiff’s lawyers rake up millions.

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scshadow said:
All the outragous charges and data rates these days are quite obscene. I wondered what a regular text message would translate in terms of the size of it on a .txt file. 2 sentences and I used 56 bytes, which sounds about right. What is it, like 25 cents per text without a text messaging plan? 2 bytes per cent. More or less depending on if you go up closer to that 255 character limit. I'm sure as hell glad that I don't pay that rate for DSL. The US budget wouldn't be even close to be able to pay that bill.
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