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Are you due for an AT&T refund?

AT&T has agreed to pay nearly $7.8 million to settle government allegations that the phone giant allowed scammers to charge some customers about $9 a month for a fake directory assistance service. The settlement, announced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in August, is the latest action against the “cramming” scam. Cramming is…...

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iPhone customer “filled with glee” after avoiding $999 fee

Thanks to CUB’s help, a Chicago woman saved almost $1,000. According to a CUB complaint, Doretha started experiencing problems with her iPhone this past June—but an AT&T agent told her she qualified for a new phone. The only reason she considered the offer, Annie said, is because AT&T said she…...

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Act now! Fight irritating, illegal robocalls

Today, CUB asked Illinois consumers to sign a petition to fight illegal “robocalls.” It’s the perfect time to take action, now that Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler has urged big phone companies to give customers free technology to block these computer-generated telemarketing calls. We’re all annoyed by these…...

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Happy consumer: Versus AT&T, ‘CUB’s service was superior’

By Sagar Dommaraju Kenneth Voight loves the “Consumer’s Choice” phone plans and his landline so much that he once appeared at a CUB news conference to promote them. So you can imagine how frustrated he was when an AT&T representative suddenly told him that he couldn’t return to the low-cost…...

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AT&T tells her ‘the check’s in the mail;’ (but it wasn’t!)

By: Sagar Dommaraju All Barbara Hardin wanted was the $11.78 AT&T owed her. For 11 months, she called the company a dozen times to try to get her money back. She had no such luck, until CUB got involved. When the retired homecare worker first noticed that she overpaid on…...

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Saved from a high phone bill, retiree says: ‘Illinois consumers need CUB’

By Samantha Vercellino Last October, Chicago retiree Cassandra packed her bags and moved across town to the West Side of the city. She welcomed the change in scenery until she found out a new address also meant she had to switch to pricey digital phone service. Before the move, she…...

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What are we paying for?

We already pay a bundle for Internet service, and now a big Internet Service Provider (ISPs) wants to slap you with yet another fee for exceeding so-called “data caps.” Comcast recently enacted a policy in certain test markets that charges fees for customers who use more than 300 GB per month ($10 per…...

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Retiree says: CUB doesn’t mess around!

By Samantha Vercellino Arlene Cleary will admit she’s not tech-savvy, which is why she’s stuck with AT&T and the same long distance calling plan the past 58 years. However, a new laptop, courtesy of her grandchildren a few years ago, finally forced her to welcome a different type of service…...

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Spread the word: It’s Lifeline Awareness Week!

By Samantha Vercellino It’s hard for many of us to imagine not being able to dial a friend, text mom or schedule a work event in our mobile calendars. Phone service has become so intertwined with our daily lives that we forget too many people can’t afford even basic telephone service, and thus…...

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Contracts begone!

Looks like two-year phone contracts are going the way of the dinosaurs. The nation’s largest cellphone provider, Verizon, announced last month that it would eliminate two-year service contracts for its customers— and the up-front phone subsidies that made those contracts attractive.   Sprint announced the same week that it would also…...

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