The FCC has fined T-Mobile $40 million for faking connections to rural customers in Wisconsin, according to a release. It also inserted fake ring tones into those calls to make it seem like they were connecting and failing, even though no one was on the other end of the call to pick up.
What's the big deal? T-Mobile has typically had poor connectivity in rural parts of the U.S., owing to a shortage of available low-band spectrum. While the 600MHz auction has resolved the spectrum crunch, it's still rolling out.
This fine stems from years of malfeasance and taints the company's reputation as a straight-shooting, honest carrier.
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Daniel Bader was a former Android Central Editor-in-Chief and Executive Editor for iMore and Windows Central.