June 29, 2005

ADVERTISEMENT: Crazy Frog is accused of duping children for cash (UK)

Watchdog investigating complaints over 'hidden' subscription chargies levied by ringtone company
THE company behind the hit ringtone Crazy Frog is under investigation by the phone watchdog after a deluge of complaints about children being ?duped? into signing up for costly long-term subscriptions.

The inquiry centres on the company?s alleged failure to make clear that by signing up to the service customers are often agreeing to pay not just for one ringtone but for a regular, indefinite service.

Parents have complained that the small print explaining how the service works is so dense that children do not understand that they are entering into a long-term ? and expensive ? contract.

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