About a year ago, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed the implementation of an alert system for wireless phone customers who were approaching text, data or calling limits on their plans. That system is finally being put in place by major American wireless carriers, under the threat of strict government regulatory stipulations, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The news source reports that this issue has grown in scope since the FCC originally proposed the idea of warning customers before they go over their usage limits or incur charges under special circumstances. President Barack Obama commented positively on the policy.
"Far too many Americans know what it's like to open up their cellphone bill and be shocked by hundreds or even thousands of dollars in unexpected fees and charges," the President said, according to the news source. "Our phones shouldn't cost us more than the monthly rent or mortgage."
Customers will automatically receive these warning messages for no extra charge, unless they opt out of the alerts of their own volition. Since an FCC survey found that about 30 million wireless customers received increased charges on their bills without warning, this issue will affect many users of smartphones and smartphone accessories.
According to Reuters, consumer watchdog group Free Press said that the FCC's guidelines were only a half-measure that did not do enough to aid the public.