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Old Sep 20th, 2007, 12:08 AM   #1
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Cellphone Class-Action Suit Gets Green Light

A Saskatchewan court has certified a class-action lawsuit against Canada's cellphone companies for their "system access fee,"*which*could*ignite a struggle over billions of dollars consumers have paid to wireless providers for the monthly charge.
The suit, lodged by Montreal-based lawyer Tony Merchant, alleges that Canadians have been misled by the carriers into thinking the access fee typically between $6.95 and $8.95 a month was a tax by the government or the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, when in fact it was simply extra revenue for cellphone companies.
The suit has been filed on behalf of the more than 14 million monthly cellphone subscribers, or nearly half the country's population, and seeks the return of an estimated $12 billion plus interest in charges. After interest, that would result in nearly $20 billion, or about $600 to $700 per customer, Merchant said.

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Old Sep 20th, 2007, 01:54 AM   #2
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I hope they're suing on my behalf so I can get my $700 back.

On a more serious note, I really don't care. What's the system access fee, $8.95 a month through Bell? People have much too much to complain about these days.
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Old Sep 20th, 2007, 01:59 AM   #3
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I'll be waiting for my $1100!

It should be funny to see what happens. Somehow I doubt that this lawsuit will get anywhere, though.
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Good for Tony, someone has to stand up to this kind of larceny. The auto industry is also famous for bilking people on new car phantom charges, and someone should tackle that too.
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Old Sep 20th, 2007, 05:52 AM   #5
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People have much too much to complain about these days.
If I benefit from people who complain too much, I'm definitely not going to complain about that.
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Good.

I used to sell Rogers, and our rep specifically told us that the System Access Fee was a Government tax. It's only been in the last couple of years they put in the fine print that it isn't.

It's extremely misleading to consumers. $25 a month for a plan, plus a $9 system access fee? I guess it looks better than advertising $34 a month.

Heck, why don't they have a $1 a month plan, with a $9 system access fee, $11 transceiver blessing fee, $6 bandwidth duplexing fee, and $7 hardware syncronization fee.

$1 a month would be a great plan!
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The only people that benefit from class action lawsuits are the lawyers. You won't get back what you paid, you'll get a very small fraction of that. The law firm, however, will make out like friggin' bandits.

That being said, I signed up to be a part of this. Its not about the money I've already paid, its about telling these crooks that we're not going to take it any more. I only have a cell phone because I signed up for one when my wife was pregnant so she could get ahold of me if she needed me. I'm tired of paying this access fee when its no longer required by the government.

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I encourage everyone with a cellular phone to sign up as the carriers will NEVER do anything to benefit the customer unless it's rammed down their throats, to wit allowing customers to take numbers with them when changing carriers

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Thanks for that Michael, I just signed up.
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Good.

I used to sell Rogers, and our rep specifically told us that the System Access Fee was a Government tax. It's only been in the last couple of years they put in the fine print that it isn't.

It's extremely misleading to consumers. $25 a month for a plan, plus a $9 system access fee? I guess it looks better than advertising $34 a month.

Heck, why don't they have a $1 a month plan, with a $9 system access fee, $11 transceiver blessing fee, $6 bandwidth duplexing fee, and $7 hardware syncronization fee.

$1 a month would be a great plan!
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