T-Mo­bile fined in data dis­pute

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - BUSINESS -

T-Mo­bile is being slapped with a $48 mil­lion fine after reg­u­la­tors found its so-called “un­lim­ited” data plans did, in fact, have lim­its.

The Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion said Wed­nes­day T-Mo­bile didn’t let cus­tomers know that heavy us­age could trig­ger lower speeds, al­though it’s done a bet­ter job of dis­clos­ing that since June 2015.

T-Mo­bile’s web­site now says that cus­tomers who use more than 26 gi­ga­bytes of data each month may get slower speeds. To pay the fine T-Mo­bile will give $35.5 mil­lion in dis­counts and re­bates to cus­tomers, and it will pay a $7.5 mil­lion penalty. It will also spend $5 mil­lion to pro­vide free in­ter­net ser­vice on de­vices for chil­dren in low-in­come school dis­tricts. T-Mo­bile called it “a good set­tle­ment.”

The FCC fined AT&T $100 mil­lion last year for sim­i­lar rea­sons, and AT&T is dis­put­ing that fine.

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