Curved televisions… one of the latest technology advancements to hit the entertainment world. But… they’re too expensive, right? No one can afford to put one of those in their home, even if they are super cool. Wrong. New televisions are being created that will be a bit more affordable – new televisions that are curved and are fit for any home.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a better movie viewing experience in your own home? Wouldn’t it be nice to have a curved television in your home? If you save up for a bit, you will be able to afford the new versions that are coming out, and they are every bit as beautiful as the previous versions.
The new curved televisions are becoming more and more widespread, and they cost under five thousand dollars. This means that you might possibly have one of these televisions at some point in the future, especially considering the fact that technology always goes down in price as it gets older. I mean look at FreedomPop and their free data plans. Who saw that coming? Who knows just how cheap these televisions will be in a couple of years.
If you want a theaters like experience at home, you should be excited to hear that a curved television just might be something that you will be able to buy someday soon.
A settlement was reached between The Federal Trade Commission and AT&T yesterday. AT&T must pay $105 million in refunds and penalties for allegedly using a practice referred to as “cramming.” The complaint was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. AT&T agreed to pay $80 million to the FTC to provide refunds for customers who believe they have been charged for services they did not approve. Fees and penalties for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia make up another $20 million. In addition, a penalty of $5 million goes to the Federal Communications Commission. Cramming is the illegal practice of adding unauthorized charges to the consumer’s bill by the phone company.
The charges could be for subscriptions from a third-party vendor for ring tones or text message services that offer horoscope, “fun facts” or advice on love or other topics. The cost to the consumer was usually $9.99 a month, from which AT&T raked off at least 35 percent. Since customers, one being Marnie Bennett, may not have intentionally signed up for these services and the phone bill does not show exactly what they are being charged for, many customers didn’t even complain. Even so, in 2011 AT&T received 1.3 million calls about these charges from third-party vendors. So many complaints were registered that in October of 2011 AT&T reduced the amount of monthly charges they would refund from 3 to 2 months. Some customers were told to contact the third-party vendor that provided the services for a refund.
Going forward AT&T must have “consumers’ express, informed consent” prior to adding any third-party charges to the customer’s bill, according to the FTC Website. In addition they are required to notify any customers who were billed for unapproved charges about the settlement. AT&T customers who think they were unfairly charged can submit a refund claim at www.ftc.gov/att or contact the settlement administrator at 1-877-819-9692.
Although this is the biggest fine to date for cramming, the FTC has filed seven cases since 2013. A complaint filed against T-Mobile in July is ongoing.