Inquiring Consumer Archive: April, 2013

Airlines' plan would trample fare competition, critics say

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One of the promises of "Big Data" to companies - a deep, empirical understanding of shoppers' buying habits - has always posed an implicit... Read more

(Video) The Internet: Will we be saying this 50 years from now?

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“I still, to this day, have no idea who Kim Kardashian is!” Watch the video and ponder that question.... Read more

CFPB: Payday loans leading to 'revolving door of debt'

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Short-term "payday" loans, and similar "deposit advance" loans offered by major banks, are trapping many consumers in a "revolving door of... Read more

Should Verizon Wireless drop contracts? Online petition says yes

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Just three weeks ago, Verizon Wireless CEO Lowell McAdam responded to T-Mobile's move toward contract-free wireless service by saying that... Read more

Are banks benefiting from re-regulation?

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St. John's University Law professor Jeff Sovern, writing on Public Citizen's Consumer Law & Policy Blog, sees mounting evidence that, despite... Read more

FCC touts success in battle over wireless 'bill shock'

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It probably hasn't stopped "bill shock." But the Federal Communications Commission said today that the nation's major wireless carriers have... Read more

Mystery charges: Now on your cellphone bill, too

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Consumers who have learned to watch for mystery charges on their monthly credit-card and phone bills now have a new concern: unauthorized charges... Read more

Credit bureaus’ little secret: A cheap way to foil ID theft

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As my colleague John Timpane chronicled in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, he has joined an unhappy club: victims of identity theft. Timpane... Read more