T-Mobile fined $819,000 by FCC

T-Mobile fined $819,000 by FCC
T-Mobile is being fined $819,000 by the FCC for "willfully and repeatedly" violating FCC rules that require U.S. carriers to offer a certain number of hearing-aid compatible handsets. The violations apparently took place in 2009 and 2010 and most likely the agency at first warned T-Mobile about its lack of HAC models in its line-up. The government's intention with this regulation is to allow those hard of hearing to enjoy the same feature rich handsets that the general public owns.

The current requirement for a Tier 1 carrier like T-Mobile is that 10 handsets, or 50% of devices offered by a mobile operator, should be equipped with an M3 acoustic coupling. 7 handsets, or at least 33 percent, need to offer a T3 inductive coupling. Before cutting a check to the Feds, T-Mobile will get the chance to ask for mercy from the FCC by producing evidence that would allow the carrier to refute the charges.

Acoustic coupling turns both desired and undesired sounds into electrical signals, which are turned back into sound by the hearing-aid speaker. The inductive coupling (telecoil) turns sound into magnetic fields which are reproduced as sound by a hearing aid. Because the microphone is off for the latter process, there is no feedback which is normally heard when a hearing aid is pressed against a telephone earpiece. Background noise and over amplification are also both eliminated.

source: FCC via IntoMobile

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18 Comments

1. DroidGod

Posts: 48; Member since: Jul 09, 2011

And Tmobile just went bankrupt..

4. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

LMAO that's jacked up!

5. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

No kidding. I read this article and thought "There goes all those LTE upgrades!" Lol. I'll just go upgrade to an Amaze 4G 42Mbps HSPA+ phone from my Sensation 4G. That tech is already in place... lol I saw one off those getting 21Mbps actual throughout the other day. I was shocked.

11. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Lol damn it DroidGod, you beat me to the punch line. :)

2. issa8

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2011

man... more bad news for T-Mo.. get it together guys!

6. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

It would be nice but TMO USA is a company that doesn't listen or pay attention to customers. For example, while all want the HTC one X, they would rather offer the poor One S. Note Tmo USA is the first to Forster Android, HTC, and is dedicated to Nokia. Again instead of offering the Nokia lumia 900, they would rather sell the 710. Also they could have even offered the Titan 1, but no they would rather take the HTC Radar! Now you see why they are fined almost a million dollars. They don't even pay attention to the FCC.

9. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

You'll see how many more One S will be sold compared the AT&T One X. Get ready!

13. lubba

Posts: 1313; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

Lolzzz! Less than the One X because it will be sold on sprint too as the evo 4G LTE. Lolzz.

17. BuckeyeCadet86

Posts: 78; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Yeah, but the one S will be sold as the incredible 4g on Verizon.

18. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

...good thing I specified "AT&T One X" PS: Lolzzzz-zzz-zzz-z... (wtf)

3. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Nice input at the end there.

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

They are still a Tier I carrier?

8. shamataa

Posts: 257; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I'm surprised that it was tmobile that got charged.

10. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Can you elaborate?

12. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

Another reason why the merger should have went thru!! you cant supply phones for certain groups of people. Tmobile is trying to stay afloat and this wont help!!

14. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

LOLZ WERE IS REMIXFA TO DEFEND T-MOBILE?????? btw t-mobile sukz imo.

15. Mandroid

Posts: 209; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

I'm torn between my hatred of tmobile and my hatred of government meddling. If tmobile doesnt want to offer HAC devices that should be their choice.

16. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Agreed (about the government meddling, I have no reason to hate T-Mobile). It would be nice to get free funding for my business by fining other companies that are providing actual goods. Nothing wrong with this picture.

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