Sprint is in a spot of bother with the FCC as the body accuses the network of cramming and the result of the findings could be a big $105 million fine. Cramming is when a carrier adds unauthorized extra charges to a customer’s monthly data bill, something the FCC has been fighting to eradicate over the last few months. Some may remember in October the regulatory body fined AT&T a similar amount of money for the same practice.
In the case against Sprint, the FCC is now going to vote on the level of fine and how the Now Network should be punished. Other carriers have also been caught by the FCC this year, such as T-Mobile, with the company sued by the FTC in U.S. District Court in the Western District. Obviously this is a fairly crappy thing that the carriers are doing, a real case of the huge companies picking on the little guy. Some reports suggest up to $20 million per year is taken from consumers due to cramming.
AT&T was hit hard as the company had the $105 million fine and had to pay $80 million back to customers in the form of refunds.