Hopefully Verizon is doing good financially with their Droid lineup as they are about to toss roughly $90,000,000 smackaroos back to 15 million customers for wrongful charges regarding data usage.
Not everybody has (or had) smartphones with data plans, and if you weren’t one of the packet pushers then you’d have to pay Verizon’s standard rate of $1.99 per megabyte. Well, according to the FCC, there have been tons of complaints regarding wrongful charges from customers who were being billed for data usage on their mobile phones, yet never actively used the service.
After a study was done, it was discovered that some phones were using a small amount of data in the background. Also, customers were sucking down data if they accidentally pressed their browser button, even if they closed it immediately. Supposedly this has been happening since 2007 and during that time, Verizon was refusing to give refunds.
Verizon is now stating that they will be sending out refunds as credit to their customer’s October and November bill. If you are no longer with Verizon, they will send you a check. The refunds typically range from $2-$6 bucks, which may not seem like much – but definitely adds up for big red.