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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