Cingular will refund $18.5 million

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Cingular Wireless will refund $18.5 million to thousands of former California customers who were penalized for canceling their mobile phone service because they had trouble making and receiving calls. The settlement announced Thursday by the California Public Utilities Commission ends a lengthy battle revolving around Cingular’s treatment of dissatisfied subscribers from January 2000 through April 2002. About 115,000 customers who left Cingular during that time will receive average refund checks of $160.last_img