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Verizon, Sprint to Pay $158 Million to End ‘Cramming’ Probes

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Sprint Corp. and Verizon Wireless agreed to pay a combined $158 million to settle claims the carriers charged customers for services they didn’t order, like horoscope and trivia subscriptions.

U.S. wireless providers made hundreds of millions of dollars by taking cuts from fees billed to consumers for the extra services, a practice known as “cramming,” the U.S. Federal Trade Commission had said. AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA agreed to pay a combined $195 million last year to settle state and federal probes into the practice.