Verizon Wireless and Sprint will pay a combined $158 million to settle allegations of sticking customers with unauthorized charges, the Federal Communications Commission announced Tuesday. (Tweet this)
The settlement marks the latest case in regulators' crackdown on the practice, known as "cramming." Federal and state agencies have hit the four largest U.S. wireless carriers with a total of $353 million in penalties.
"Consumers rightfully expect their monthly phone bills will reflect only those services that they've purchased," said Travis LeBlanc, chief of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau, in a statement. "Today's settlements put in place strong protections that will prevent consumers from being victimized by these kinds of practices in the future."