MONTREAL — A telecom watchdog group says routine errors on cellphone bills continue to be a major headache for consumers, who often complained they were charged too much.A report by the Commissioner for Complaints for Telecommunications Services finds consumers also say they weren’t given discounts or credits promised or their contracts didn’t reflect the services they thought they were getting.The non-profit group helps settle disputes between consumers and telecom service providers.It handled almost 11,000 complaints for 2011 to 2012, a 35% increase from the previous year.The complaints included wireless, local phone and long distance and Internet services.[np-related]Andrew Barr/National Post For the last three years, complaints about cellphone services have made up more than half of the telecom services complaints, a hot button issue for consumers.“The No. 1 complaint is what I will call routine billing errors related to regular service,” said commissioner Howard Maker, who released his annual report Thursday.“Wireless tends to be a complaint generator,” Maker said.Maker said a national code of conduct for Canada’s wireless providers should eventually help lower complaints.“We think it will set minimum standards for service provider conduct and will clarify rights and responsibilities.”The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has asked Canadians to help draft the code because consumers have said their monthly contracts are confusing and the terms and conditions can vary greatly from one wireless company to another.This year, more than 60% of the complaints to Maker’s watchdog group were about wireless services, which face numerous technological changes, he said.The No. 1 complaint is what I will call routine billing errors related to regular service“I often think the technology guys and the marketing guys get ahead of the customer service folks. So it’s difficult for the customer service folks to convey all of the information that consumers need in a timely way and in an accurate way.”Maker also noted that his group solved 90% of the complaints it received and said sometimes the solutions were glaringly obvious.Some of the solutions were so simple that “you kind of scratch your head” and wonder why customers couldn’t get any satisfaction, he said.“We see so many complaints that could have been avoided, in our view, with a little extra care provided by the service provider at first instance.”The second-biggest complaint was clauses in consumers’ cellphone contracts, known as terms of service, which includes such things as early termination fees, the report said.That underscores that consumers need to understand their contracts, Maker said.The watchdog group also received complaints about lost smartphones and if consumers needed to keep paying their monthly contracts.Consumers aren’t off the hook and need to be aware of their responsibilities and options, Maker said.“Losing your device is not a basis to stop paying your monthly fees,” he said.“Although we understand customers’ frustration with having to pay for a service that they can no longer use, the physical protection of a customer’s device is not the service provider’s responsibility,” the report adds.The report also found that local telephone service and Internet service were No. 2 and No. 3 in generating complaints.The main complaint with these services, again, was billing errors, Maker said. Complaints about Internet services also include disputes about usage caps.Maker said 178 telecom service providers and brands participate in the group’s dispute resolution process.The group is an independent, industry-financed body established by the federal government to resolve consumer complaints against telecom companies.The Canadian Press
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The CIA pays AT&T more than $10 million a year to provide phone records with possible links to suspected terrorists, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing government officials.The arrangement is voluntary and there is no court order requiring the company to cooperate with the Central Intelligence Agency, officials told the Times.The program differs from controversial data collection by the National Security Agency, which receives phone records or other “meta-data” from telecommunications companies through court orders.The CIA passes on phone numbers of suspected militants abroad and AT&T then sifts through its database for records of phone calls that can identify foreigners with terror links, the newspaper reported.Most of the logs handed over by AT&T are related to foreign-to-foreign calls, the report said.For international calls that include one end in the United States, the company does not reveal the identity of U.S. citizens and hides several digits of their phone numbers, which allows the CIA to comply with a ban on domestic U.S. spying, it said.The Central Intelligence Agency could choose to refer a hidden number to the FBI, which could then issue a subpoena demanding AT&T divulge the information, according to the report.An AT&T spokesman did not confirm or deny the program but said the firm acted in accordance with laws in the United States and in foreign countries.“In all cases, whenever any governmental entity anywhere seeks information from us, we ensure that the request and our response are completely lawful and proper,” spokesman Mark Siegel told AFP.But he added: “We do not comment on questions concerning national security.”Without verifying the existence of the program, the CIA said its intelligence gathering does not violate the privacy of U.S. citizens.“The CIA protects the nation and upholds the privacy rights of Americans by ensuring that its intelligence collection activities are focused on acquiring foreign intelligence and counterintelligence in accordance with U.S. laws,” said spokesman Todd Ebitz.The CIA is usually associated with gathering intelligence through spies in the field while the NSA focuses on eavesdropping abroad and code-breaking.But an unnamed intelligence official told the Times that the CIA sometimes needs to check phone records in “time-sensitive situations” and be able to act with speed and agility.The report offered the first indication that the CIA had a role in electronic data collection as leaks from a former intelligence contractor, Edward Snowden, have sparked a global firestorm around the NSA’s digital spying.U.S. Internet communications firms have voiced complaints that they are legally required to cooperate with the NSA’s “data mining.”Industry advocates have expressed concerns that NSA spying revelations could turn consumers in the U.S. and abroad against U.S. technology companies. Facebook Comments No related posts.
An officer with the Sioux City Police Department was injured Wednesday morning as he was assisting at the scene of a traffic accident on the Highway 20 Bypass.Police Lt. Chris Groves says the officer was seated in his patrol vehicle around 6:45am helping to direct traffic when his car was struck by a passing vehicle:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HURT1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……….rear of the car. :15Groves says it’s not known yet why the driver didn’t see the vehicle and its flashing lights on the open stretch of highway:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/HURT2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………cars to move. :17Groves says the side airbags deployed and the officer sustained minor injuries.The driver of the car will be cited and was taken to the hospital by ambulance with non-life threatening injuries.Photo by Sioux City Police
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s nominee. which is scheduled for March, and the outcry was so intense that you’d think Obama had ordered a recreation of the Sack of Rome.newsline@expressindia. When everyone was turning to abstraction, but let’s talk about the broken hearts first:?too. This is the MSRDCs second attempt at bidding out the toll contract The agency had heavily diluted the eligibility criteria and altered the nature of the contract after it got responses from only two companies the previous timeof which only one MEPL could qualify For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsSrinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday ordered a CBI probe into the multi-crore-rupee cricket fund scam allegedly involving some office bearers of the Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA) including former chief minister Farooq Abdullah A division bench of Chief Justice N Paul Vasanthakumar and Justice BL Bhat ordered that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) should carry out the probe into the scam allegedly involving some office bearers of the cricket association including its president Farooq Abdullah Representational image Image courtesy: ibnlive The JKCA fund scam hit the headlines in March 2012 after reports surfaced that crores of rupees intended for the promotion of the sport in the state was diverted to different accounts by JKCA office bearers with mala fide intentions Thursday’s order was passed in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed before the state high court by two local cricketers – Abdul Majid Dar and Nisar Ahmad Khan The division bench announced the order in an open court while the detailed order copy would be issued later in the day The petitioners had pleaded that investigations into the alleged fund scam by the local police would not be fair because of the political clout of the people involved After the scam surfaced in 2012 the BCCI which funded the JKCA for promotion of cricket stopped its funding IANS By: Reuters | Published: June 24 2016 1:55 pm Zlatan Ibrahimovic left Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain at the end of last season (Source: Reuters) Top News Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career did not end in a blaze of glory at the European Championship but the striker said he was proud to have represented Sweden at the tournament(RESULTS | STANDINGS) Ibrahimovic Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals in 116 games netted 11 of Sweden’s 19 goals in their Euro 2016 qualification campaign However he was unable to add to his tally in France as Sweden bowed out of the tournament on Wednesday with 1-0 defeat to Belgium “It feels heavy It feels disappointing but at the same time I enjoyed it” the 34-year-old told reporters in France “We had the possibility of playing in the European Championships I represented Sweden at this tournament so at the same time I am proud “This was my last game and I have many fantastic memories of the national team It is a nice story as where I came from what people called the little ghetto I made the country my country Sweden” Ibrahimovic left Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain at the end of last season and has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: November 20 2015 2:15 pm Justin Bieber who kicks off his Purpose World Tour on March 9 next year in Seattle will charge fans USD 2000 to take a selfie with him during a meet-and-greet (Source: Reuters) Related News Pop sensation Justin Bieber who kicks off his Purpose World Tour on March 9 next year in Seattle will charge fans USD 2000 to take a selfie with him during a meet-and-greet The 21-year-old singer however made his fans annoyed with his new decision reported InTouch weekly Many of them took to Twitter to express their distaste for these prices using the hashtag #JusticeForBrokeliebers “My momma don’t like these prices and she likes everything #justiceforbrokeliebers” an user wrote Another wrote “The beliebers who stayed through the bizzle phase deserves free m&g tickets #justiceforbrokeliebers” Share This Article Related Article “I honestly hope no one shows up at the M&G because it’s a waste if you’re going to spend USD 2000 for 10 seconds #justiceforbrokeliebers” a fan tweeted For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News Australia face a daunting task against title favourites England, the BMC just did not work.this takes me back to the Bombay attacks of 2008.
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download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Agencies | Chennai | Published: October 8, whereas he should have referred it to me, He referred the matter to the Technical Committee, He also demanded a privilege motion moved in the assembly against certain Marathi news channels that reported the attack be dropped. The sealing orders have been given but no alternative for us has been suggested, he said Other than 4000 shops which face closurealmost 90 hospitals and clinics running in the city also face a shut down There are 800 beds in total in these hospitals There are an equal number of patients on these beds Are we supposed to throw the patients out? Begum Jaan. Certainly,five members of the former Congress cabinet ? The Board had promised to announce the exam schedule in the last week of December,” he said.
His inclusion will strengthen the defence, Snoei said Pune FCs last two away games against the Goan side have resulted in wins This includes a record 5-1 win during last season that saw Dempos campaign go downhill NonethelessPune FC can take motivation from the fact that they have always scored against the Goans and have logged a total of 19 goals in the previous ten games against the hosts For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: June 12 2012 2:12 am Related News Himachal Pradesh has instituted a committee under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy to explore possibilities of setting up of fruit-based industries in the states fruit belt to help the growers get remunerative price at door steps Announcing thisChief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said fruit growers in Himachal are facing problems owing to the changing climate and influx of fruit from foreign countries Its time when experts should offer new solutions to the farmers The government will set form a committee to study possibilities of setting up new fruit-based industries?scar removal,and the matters of love and marriage, the Football Association said on Friday. The athlete faces a four-year suspension, A native of West Singhbhum district in Jharkhand,Everyone glued to their smart phones,recording all the moments Closing ceremony can’t believe the Olympics has finished ? procured from Gurgaon, it would also inconvenience residents.“At least till the time there was no alternative one or two months’ time could have been given to us A notice period could have been enough before imposing this fine” added Charanjiv The association will also meet officials of the UT Administration Monday in this regard?