AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile Agreed to Stop Unauthorized Third-Party Charges


AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have decided to quit charging their customers in United States for the spam text messages that a huge number of users have been tricked into receiving and sending out in recent years. The move, which could take a couple of days or weeks to go live, was confirmed Thursday evening by the Attorney General for Vermont, William Sorrell, who worked with the Attorney general from 44 different states to organize the anti-spam initiative. "We are satisfied that AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have agreed to stop the flow of cash from the pockets of people to the bank accounts of scammers," Sorrell said. "We're confident the other carriers will soon adopt their decision.

An AT&T representative confirmed that the was already working on that issue, "AT&T has finally decided to stop charging for premium SMS content." T-Mobile CEO John Legere likewise tweeted about the change on Thursday evening, "We trust in making things a good fit for our customers," and linking to T-Mobile's site, which now incorporates the guarantee: "T-Mobile will end all charging for premium SMS, with the exception of text-to-donate programs for charity and text-to-contribute options for political campaigns, whenever this would work out the best with as insignificant effect on our customers as would be possible." Conspicuously missing from the list of carriers included was Verizon, the country's single-biggest wireless carrier by user base. A Verizon representative gave us the following statement clarifying why the organization had not joined in the effort, saying it was currently "winding down" its premium message service.

Spam SMS charging

AT&T and T-Mobile are the first to officially stated that they're discontinuing the practice of charging for "premium SMS" service. However Verizon Wireless says it doesn’t agree with all the Vermont attorney general’s allegations.


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