Lawsuit Questions Text Message Price Hike

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A lawsuit filed in Federal Court in Kansas claims major wireless companies conspired to raise text-message prices.

A Florida customer of Sprint Nextel Corporation filed the lawsuit this week in Kansas City, Kansas. Her lawsuit joins at least 20 others across the country accusing the wireless industry's leaders of fixing the price of wireless text messages.

Sprint raised its text-message rate in 2006 and was soon matched by its competitors.

The lawsuit claims the price gains were based on an unlawful industry agreement.