Verizon Wireless said in a Sunday statement that it wil pay up to $90 million in refunds to 15 million cell phone customers who were wrongly charged for data sessions or Internet use.
The customers will either receive credits of $2 to $6 on their October or November bills, while former customers will get refund checks.
The fees were charged to customers who did not have data usage plans, but were billed because of exchanges initiated by software build into their phones. Over the past three years, the FCC has received numerous complaints from these clients.
People close to the settlement talks said they expected the refunds to total more than $50 million. They also stated that the FCC is pressing Verizon to agree to a penalty for the unauthorized charges.