From Sandy, Bowling Green,KY
Yep, this is misleading. Shocking that T-Mobile would mislead the rural public.
False ring tones cause callers to believe that the phone is ringing at the called party’s premises when it is not. A caller may then hang up, thinking no one is available to receive the call. False ring tones also create a misleading impression that a caller’s service provider is not responsible if the call fails.
T-Mobile USA Inc agreed to pay $40 million on Monday to resolve government claims that it failed to fix problems completing phone calls in rural areas and used false ring tones, which are banned, to give the impression faulty calls were actually getting through, the Federal Communications Commission said.
T-Mobile, a unit of Deutsche Telekom AG, agreed to changes and acknowledged that false ring tones were used on hundreds of millions of long-distance rural calls in violation of FCC rules.
Democratic FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn said in a statement that T-Mobile’s “massively deceptive and harmful violations” of the rules likely impacted “billions of telephone calls to rural areas over the past several years.”
She criticized the FCC settlement, saying the fine was inadequate given the harm, and that Democratic commissioners were not included in the settlement negotiations. She said there is “absolutely nothing in this consent decree to compensate consumers.”