- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont Attorney William Sorrell says an estimated 35,000 Vermont consumers will have an opportunity to claim refunds as part of a settlement between Verizon Wireless and Sprint that resolves allegations that the mobile giants allowed phony charges on their customers’ bills.

Nationally, Verizon Wireless has agreed to pay $90 million and Sprint $68 million to settle charges with the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Federal regulators say the two mobile providers worked with third-party vendors that sell premium text messaging services, such as daily horoscopes, trivia and sports scores. Some consumers who hadn’t signed up were billed anyway.

Regulators said they launched an investigation after receiving numerous complaints that the carriers had refused to refund the charges.

Sorrell says he’s confident Vermont consumers will benefit from the settlement.

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