Senator Calls On FCC To Ban Cramming On Cellphones

Law360, New York (April 2, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT) -- Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., urged the Federal Communications Commission on Monday to bar third-party companies from charging cellphone users fees without their explicit permission, saying cellphone carriers should receive the same amount of scrutiny as landline companies.

In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Schumer said recent pledges by Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. to end cramming, as the unauthorized charges are known, on landline phone bills did not go far enough.

"Cellphone cramming is merely scamming by another name — it steals money...
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