T-Mobile(WASHINGTON) — The nation’s number three wireless carrier was fined Wednesday after touting “unlimited” plans that weren’t so unlimited.
The Federal Communications Commission said Wednesday T-Mobile will pay $48 million “as part of a settlement resolving an investigation into whether the company adequately disclosed speed and data restrictions for its ‘unlimited’ data plan subscribers.”
According to the agency, T-Mobile would slow down the Internet speeds of heavy data users without telling customers how much use would trigger the lower speed.
“Consumers should not have to guess whether so-called ‘unlimited’ data plans contain key restrictions, like speed constraints, data caps, and other material limitations,” FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Travis LeBlanc said in a statement. “When broadband providers are accurate, honest and upfront in their ads and disclosures, consumers aren’t surprised and they get what they’ve paid for.”
The settlement includes $35.5 million in “consumer benefits” offered to T-Mobile and Metro PCS customers and a $7.5 million fine.
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