Verizon, AT&T, Others Fixed Text Message Rates, Suit Says
By Max Stendahl
Law360, New York (April 9, 2012, 4:32 PM ET) -- The nation’s largest cellphone carriers, including Verizon Wireless LLC, AT&T Mobility LLC and Sprint Nextel Corp., have conspired to fix prices on text messages sent between businesses and consumers, according to a putative class action filed Thursday in New York federal court.
Plaintiff Club Texting Inc., a firm that transmits text messages on behalf of other companies, said the cell carriers set up a system in 2003 that blocked the use of 10-digit phone numbers in application-to-person, or A2P, texts. The system forced transmitters to instead...