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AT&T to pay $105 million to settle 'mobile cramming' cases
AT&T to pay $105 million to settle 'mobile cramming' cases

Authorities sent their strongest warning yet to wireless companies not to hide unauthorized charges on customers' bills, announcing a $105-million settlement with AT&T Inc. that included $80 million in consumer refunds. The settlement is the largest so far for so-called mobile cramming, in which payments to third parties for special wireless services are added to phone bills and often go undetected by customers for months. The services — such as subscriptions that enable people to download ringtones and wallpaper or receive text messages with flirting tips, horoscopes and celebrity gossip — usually cost $9.99 a month. AT&T Mobility, a subsidiary of the...