Refunds available for Connecticut T-Mobile users

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal will discuss how Connecticut customers of T-Mobile can claim refunds from a settlement reached between federal agencies over unauthorized charges.

The Democrat is scheduled to appear Monday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford with Federal Communication Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel to discuss the steps consumers can take. The FCC and Federal Trade Commission reached a $90 million agreement with the mobile phone company to settle allegations of cramming.

The practice occurs when customers get subscriptions to text message services like $9.99-per-month horoscopes or ringtones they didn’t want or authorize. Blumenthal is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee. A report from the panel found the practice has been widespread and that third-party wireless billing has been a billion dollar industry benefiting the major wireless carriers.

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