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cellphone cramming
2014-08-01 05:05:36

John Hopton for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has taken considerable time, but the widespread problem of cellphone companies allowing their customers to be victims of "cramming" charges may be coming to an end, following a new report by the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. The report found that hundreds of millions of dollars had most likely been paid in charges which cellphone users had not authorized, after third party fees were latched onto phone bills. The third party...

2014-07-28 12:26:14

Staff Report Details Needed Changes to Protect Consumers From Scams WASHINGTON, July 28, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a report issued today, the Federal Trade Commission staff recommends steps that mobile carriers and other companies should take to prevent consumers from being stuck with unauthorized charges on their mobile phone bills, an unlawful practice known as mobile cramming. The report focuses on the multi-billion dollar business known as carrier billing, which refers...

2014-07-02 04:58:50

Peter Suciu for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online On Tuesday the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) accused wireless carrier T-Mobile of making hundreds of millions of dollars by charging its customers for bogus services, such as "premium" SMS subscriptions that were never authorized. The FTC alleges that the carrier received as much as 40 percent of the total amount charged to customers content subscriptions that may have included "flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip...

2014-07-01 16:32:30

T-Mobile Was Aware For Years that Charges Were Not Authorized by its Customers WASHINGTON, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a complaint filed today, the Federal Trade Commission is charging mobile phone service provider T-Mobile USA, Inc., with making hundreds of millions of dollars by placing charges on mobile phone bills for purported "premium" SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, were bogus charges that were never authorized by its customers. The FTC alleges that...

Cramming Does Not Help Create Long-Term Memories
2013-12-26 03:45:48

Ranjini Raghunath for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Those last-minute cramming sessions fueled by instant noodles and coffee might help you pass your exams. But they won’t help your brain remember things in the long term. Scientists have long known that learning with breaks in between helps your brain remember things longer than when you try to cram it all in one go. Called the “spacing effect,” the phenomenon was first described by German psychologist Hermann Ebbinghaus in...

Mobile Cramming Charges To Be Dropped By Three Major Carriers
2013-11-23 04:41:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Three of the largest US wireless service providers have announced that they will no longer charge their customers for unsolicited texts sent from so-called premium messaging services. According to Los Angeles Times reporter Salvador Rodriguez, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint have agreed to stop billing users up to $10 per month for programs that send out weather advisories, sports updates, ringtone download links and phone...

Cramming For Tests Can Backfire
2012-08-23 10:57:46

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Foregoing sleep to cram for a test may do more harm than good, according to a study released Wednesday by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). The study found that high-school students who pulled all-nighters to prepare for exams fared worse academically the next day compared with their well-rested peers. Regardless of how much time a student studies each day, if sleep time is sacrificed in order to...

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