FTC accuses T-Mobile of charging its customers for fraudulent cellphone spam

Nathan Ingraham, writing for The Verge:

According to the FTC, T-Mobile commonly adds charges for “premium” SMS-based subscriptions for services like “flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip” that typically cost $9.99 per month. Furthermore, the FTC is claiming that T-Mobile did nothing to stop these charges for years after it signs showed the services were spam.

Lastly, the FTC says that the services in question had refund request rates of up to 40 percent in a single month — a fact that the FTC believes is clear evidence that consumers were not signing up for these services in the first place.

Damn. And here I was, just starting to like T-Mobile. 

How much of a boost in revenue did this bring in? More importantly, was it worth it?