TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: NYC's Consumer Affairs Suing Cellcos Re: False Adverts (

NYC's Consumer Affairs Suing Cellcos Re: False Adverts (

Danny Burstein (
Thu, 21 Jul 2005 17:10:05 -0400

"New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Acting
Commissioner Jonathan Mintz today announced the agency has filed suit
in New York Supreme Court against three major wireless companies for
pitching cell phones and services in deceptive advertisements that
misled consumers. DCA filed suit against Nextel Communications Inc.,
Sprint Spectrum L.P., and T-Mobile USA Inc. seeking maximum fines and
compliance with New York City's landmark Consumer Protection Law.

" 'You can't promise a great deal in the headline and hide the true
costs in the fine print,' said DCA Acting Commissioner Jonathan
Mintz. "If a cell phone company promises free long distance, consumers
should get free long distance - period ..."

( rest of article describes a whole bunch of "free long distance"
claims which required additional fees, Nextel's "incoming free" which
also required more money ... numerous related things, and a claim
against T-Mobile that "Billing of roaming charges and minutes of use
and services may be delayed" which I don't quite understand)

rest at:

Minor disclosure: I'm a shareholder in Omnipoint ...

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