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LG Volt now available from Boost and Virgin Mobile for $180

LG F90 now available on Boost and Virgin Mobile as the LG Volt for $180

Users of prepaid carriers Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile now have a new option in the mid-range smartphone category, in the form of the LG Volt, a rebranded LG F90 that earlier launched on Sprint. The Volt can be purchased for a price of $179.99, which puts it in direct competition with the Motorola Moto G, though with LG’s offering you’re also getting support for Sprint Sprint LTE.

The specs of the LG Volt include a 4.7-inch qHD display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front sensor, 8GB of on-board storage and a microSD slot, and a 3,000 mAh battery that should offer long battery life considering the meager hardware. The phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat underneath LG’s custom skin, which boasts features such as KnockCode and QPair but might not be as fluid and quick as the near-stock version of Android that you’ll find on the Moto G.

Head over to one of the source links to buy the LG Volt from Boost or Virgin Mobile.

Source: Boost, Virgin

Android 4.1 Now Rolling Out To Canadian Galaxy S III Smartphones

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Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the new kid in the Android town, although Android 4.2 (also Jelly Bean) is officially the latest version of Android. But manufacturers have been hurrying to get the update running on their latest flagships like Samsung and HTC did with the Galaxy S III and the One X respectively. While most of the Galaxy S III handsets around the world have already received the Android 4.1 update, Canadian users were made to wait. But the wait is finally over now with the update finally going live today i.e. December 3. Some users in fact have reportedly received the update earlier than scheduled, which is always good news. The update seems to be pretty bulky at 318MB, but that’s nothing when we consider the fact that it brings so much to the table, especially Google Now. Performance is also substantially improved thanks to the increase in the overall bump in frame rate and “Project Butter”.

Canadian carriers like TELUS, Rogers, Bell and Virgin all have the Galaxy S III under their belts and users should receive the update notification by now. If you don’t receive a notification, you can always manually get the update via Samsung Kies. It is commendable how Samsung has completed the roll out process to the entirety of its Galaxy S III lineup almost all over the world. Samsung has kept its promise of rolling out the update to Galaxy S III smartphones by this week to Canadian customers. Users of the aforementioned carriers are reporting to have received the update notification, which means the schedule is pretty much complete now.

It is now expected that OEMs start working on Android 4.2 for their respective devices as it has quickly become the latest version of Android replacing 4.1 within a span of just three months. This is very reminiscent of what we used to see in the pre 2010 Android era where OS updates were rolled out frequently which inevitably led to fragmentation. Things are slightly different now though, and Android 4.2 isn’t a major bump from 4.1 as it is being pegged as a “dot” update. Let’s wait and watch how Samsung supports its other flagship smartphones.

Via: Android Central

Samsung Galaxy S III Owners In Canada Receiving Android 4.1 Jelly Bean via OTA

Today is a good day to be the owner of a Canadian Galaxy S III. Samsung announced the Jelly Bean update for the device a couple of days ago, and now those with a Galaxy S III on Bell, Rogers, TELUS and Virgin are reporting that they are seeing notifications that the update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is ready to be downloaded! The update is rather large sitting at a whopping 318MB, but it’s well worth the time it takes for it to download and install. I got the Jelly Bean update a couple months back on the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300, and while it wasn’t a smartphone, the update was pretty amazing. Google Now is probably one of the best additions to the Android platform that we’ve seen in quite a while, in my opinion.

Now that most of Canada has the Jelly Bean update, we just need other carriers here in the U.S. to start rolling the update out. It’s a surprise to me that Sprint was able to roll it out quite a while back and the United States’ two largest carriers can’t get it out just as fast. Definitely quite an annoyance that Verizon or AT&T hasn’t rolled it out yet.

Ah, the beauty of those who own a Nexus device. I must say, I’m feeling a bit jealous of Nexus owners right now.

Did you get the update to Android 4.1 yet? If you have, let us know how you’re liking it in the comments below!

source: Android Central

 

Kyocera Rise Coming to Sprint and Virgin Mobile on August 19th and 31st Respectively

One of the few android smartphones with a full QWERTY physical keyboard Kyocera Rise is set to come to two carriers – Sprint and Virgin Mobile – most likely on Sunday the 19th of this month.  The phone’s most notable feature is the slide-out keyboard which is touted to be the best option for serial texters.

 

The Kyocera Rise smartphone packs quite impressive features and specs including:

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system
  • 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor
  • 3.5 Inch 480 X 320 IPS HVGA LCD display
  • 3.2MP camera
  • 1,500mAh battery (claimed to provide 8.5 hours of talktime)

Kyocera announced the Rise phone early this year during the CTIA in may but they did not mention what carriers the phone would launch on.  In a leaked image, it is now evident that the phone will come to Sprint and Virgin mobile.  Sprint has confirmed that the phone will be available on their retail stores at the end of this week at $20 (this is after a $50 mail-in rebate) but with a two year contract.  Virgin mobile will follow up at the end of the month with a prepaid version to launch on August 31st.  Word is that it will come at a non-contract price of $100.

Virgin Mobile Announces 4G With HTC Evo V 4G May 31

As originally tipped here, to the world, by Thedroidguy last summer, Sprint has shifted their 4G WiMax network to their prepaid brands, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile.

Virgin Mobile USA will introduce 4G speeds to their prepaid customers on May 31st with the introduction of the HTC Evo V 4G.

The new HTC Evo V 4G features include:

  • Mobile hotspot capability – Connect up to five Wi-Fi devices
  • 5MP camera with video and 3D HD imaging, and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 4.3-inch qHD touchscreen
  • 1730mAh battery (up to six hours of talk time)
  • 1GB RAM/4GB ROM
  • External micro SD memory card slot up to 32GB (8GB card included)
  • HDMI and Bluetooth-capable

Virgin Mobile USA customers will enjoy 4G speeds at an unbelievable pre-paid price point starting at just $35. They will also be able to harness the power of the HTC Evo V 4G’s mobile hotspot for just $15 per month making the total combination $50.  That’s with Sprint’s traditional, and exclusive “unlimited” 4G speeds.

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2 Of Sprint’s Prepaid Units, Boost Mobile & Virgin Mobile Win JD Power Customer Service Champion Award

An award that has been won multiple times in years past by T-Mobile, the distinctive JD Power & Associates Customer Service Champion Award, has been given to two of Sprint’s no-contract brands. Both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile continue a streak of top honors from JD Power & Associates, which named both companies as Customer Service Champions today.

In order to win these awards companies must stand out in both their own category and the other 20 major industries that are evaluated by JD Power & Associates, the countries largest recognizer of top customer service brands.

Each company in the “Customer Service Champions” category is evaluated in five areas. The areas are; People, Presentation, Process, Product and Price.

“We are honored for our no-contract brands to receive this distinction and be included in this elite group of U.S. companies,” said Jeff Hallock, vice president-Marketing for Sprint. “We are committed to customer satisfaction, and we appreciate these external confirmations of our efforts, once again, for both Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.”

source: Fierce

 

Virgin Mobile Recognized By JD Power & Associates As Best Prepaid Carrier

On Friday it was announced that Virgin Mobile, a unit of Sprint, ranked number one in customer satisfaction performance in JD Power & Associates 2012 Wireless Customer Care Non-Contract Volume 1 study.

Virgin Mobile USA has evolved from a simple pay as you go carrier to one of the best providers of unlimited monthly wireless data plans. In JD Power & Associates Volume 1 study Virgin Mobile USA ranked 735 beating the industry average of 698.

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Virgin Mobile To Start Throttling Unlimited Data In March

This whole throttling unlimited data business is a sticky issue. Take T-Mobile and Walmart for instance, yesterday we ran this story highlighting the fact that T-Mobile will start offering their Walmart Family Mobile customers unlimited data for $45 a month.

While that sounds like a great offer it’s only for the first 5gb a month, and that in itself is for a limited time. After a customer crosses the 5gb mark they will still enjoy free data but at much much slower rates. That’s also a 3G plan as opposed to anything that involves the number 4.

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Virgin Mobile Gets First HTC Android With Wildfire S

It seems everytime we turn around another prepaid carrier is getting a new Android device. This time we’re happy to report that the HTC Wildfire S is headed to one of Sprint’s prepaid carriers, Virgin Mobile.

The HTC Wildfire S marks the first HTC smartphone to make it’s way over to Virgin Mobile. The HTC Wildfire S will join the Virgin Mobile cash and carry line up starting October 23 at both Best Buy and Radio Shack. It will only set you back $199 and that’s off-contract, so you own the device.

The HTC Wildfire S features a 3.2″ HVGA touchscreen, 5mp camera with flash, 600mhz processor, Android 2.3 and HTC Sense.

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Unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II Available At NewEgg

The most sought after phone this year has got to be the Samsung Galaxy S II. Although the T-Mobile version has clearly appeared in pictures, and every other carriers variant has been rumored, it’s still not here stateside.

If you can’t wait you can get it unlocked now. NewEgg Canada is carrying the unlocked Samsung Galaxy S II that works with both T-Mobile and AT&T for just $649 which is a really great price considering what you’re getting. Unwired reports that if you get the Samsung Galaxy S II unlocked from NewEgg it will only support 3G on AT&T however it will support HSPA+ for T-Mobile.

The Samsung Galaxy S II is also available at Virgin and Bell in Canada. The United States is the last country to receive this device. There seem to be three possible scenarios for the delay.  The first is that the carriers are still having problems working on release specs and dates with Samsung Mobile.  The next theory is that Samsung wants to time this release closer to the iPhone 5 announcement and release.  Finally some feel this may stem from the continuing patent litigation going on between Apple and Samsung.

Source: Unwired

Virgin Mobile Adjusts Plans! Rumor: In Preparation For 4G Offering?

Mobile Crunch reported Wednesday that Sprint’s pre-paid brand, Virgin Mobile, was readjusting their rate plans.  As mobile aficionado Jordan Crook reported, Virgin Mobile has added $10 to their $300 minute plan, $5.00 to the 1200 minute plan and knocked $5 off their unlimited plan.

Right now Virgin Mobile tops out with 3G and has no current 4G service.  The only competitor in the prepaid space offering any kind of 4G is MetroPCS which has built out their own 4G/LTE network.  Cricket Wireless is reportedly testing 4G in some areas as well.

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LG Optimus Black Headed To Sprint, Virgin, US Cellular & Alltel

The LG Optimus Black was announced for international carriers earlier this year. At that time LG said it would also bring the device to the US but didn’t specify which carrier. Friday, Pocketnow and Unwiredview reported that the LG Optimus Black is headed to no less than 4 US carriers. Sprint, Virgin Mobile, US Cellular and Alltel will all receive the LG Optimus Black.

As a refresher the Android phone features Android 2.2 out of the gate with an upcoming upgrade to Android 2.3, Gingerbread, 4″ touch screen, 5mp rear facing camera, 2mp front facing camera, 1Ghz OMAP processor by TI, and 512mb of RAM.

What’s a little odd is that demos of the LG Optimus Black were shipped with GSM so we naturally thought it would be headed to T-Mobile and AT&T. Obviously somewhere along the line a CDMA version was produced.

There’s no release date or pricing available just yet but as soon as we hear, we’ll let you know.

Source: Pocketnow via Unwiredview

Helio Settling a Class Action for Early Termination Fees! More ETF suits to follow?

Attorney’s representing Samuel Vanover, and “The Class” are going to settle a lawsuit over early termination fees or ETF’s with now defunct wireless carrier Helio.

You may remember Helio, they offered those cool “My Space” phones during the mid part of the decade that you could find at your local FYE.  Helio was a joint venture between SK Telecom and Earthlink.  They called themselves a virtual carrier which meant they leased CDMA wireless service in the United States from Sprint.

Helio promised to deliver cutting edge devices, precursors to smartphones. In fact famous Web OS designer, Matius Duarte was the design chief at Helio. Duarte had also worked with Andy Rubin while at Danger. After a brief stint at Palm in charge of WebOS Duarte is now back home at Google working on Android.

Earthlink quickly gave up on Helio and left SK Telecom to basically run it on their own. Eventually Virgin mobile purchased Helio and then Sprint purchased Virgin Mobile.  In early 2010 the Helio phones disappeared off Virgin’s website. Sprint announced in March of 2010 that it would cease service of Helio devices and customers could migrate to Sprint or get service elsewhere on a different device.  On May 25, 2010 it was all over, Sprint pulled the plug on Helio all together.

Helio’s contracts with customers called for a flat rate $175 early termination fee. Former customer Samuel Vanover started a lawsuit against Helio in the Superior Court of California, Los Angeles County.  The lawsuit alleged that Helio imposed unlawful flatrate early termination fees which are a violation of the California Consumer Remedies Act section 1750 and other related laws.

The settlement class is open to anyone who was a Helio customer prior to October 2010 and either paid an early termination fee or stayed with Helio to avoid paying an early termination fee. For the complete Criteria visit this website

All of the four major carriers have recently come under fire and in some cases investigation, for the practice of early termination fees.

If you feel you’re in the class please visit the link above

Here is a copy of the notification sent to customers

THIS LEGAL NOTICE CONCERNS THE PROPOSED SETTLEMENT OF THE CLASS ACTION SAMUEL VANOVER v. HELIO, LLC, BC 414842, IN THE SUPERIOR COURT FOR THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES.

THE DATE OF THE FINAL FAIRNESS HEARING AND THE DEADLINES FOR SUBMITTING A CLAIM FORM, REQUESTING EXCLUSION FROM THE CLASS, AND OBJECTING TO THE SETTLEMENT HAVE CHANGED. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SUBMITTED A CLAIM FORM IN CONNECTION WITH THIS SETTLEMENT, YOU DO NOT NEED TO DO SO AGAIN.

LEGAL NOTICE

IF YOU HAD A CONTRACT FOR WIRELESS SERVICES WITH HELIO
THAT CONTAINED A FLAT RATE EARLY TERMINATION FEE PRIOR TO OCTOBER 4, 2010
YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO A REFUND FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT

Visit www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com for more information

NOTICE OF CLASS ACTION AND PROPOSED SETTLEMENT
A proposed class action settlement has been reached in the case Vanover v. Helio, LLC, BC 414842, in the Superior Court for the State of California, County of Los Angeles. The settlement resolves a lawsuit over allegedly unlawful Early Termination Fees.

Your legal rights may be affected whether you act, or don’t act. Please read this Notice carefully. Visit www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com to read the full agreement and make a claim.

What is the Lawsuit About?

This lawsuit alleges that Helio’s contracts with consumers for cellular telephone services imposed unlawful flat rate Early Termination Fees.  This lawsuit seeks to represent a group or “Class” of persons who were affected by such fees.

Helio denies that it or its business partners violated any law.  The Court has not determined who was right.  Rather, the parties have agreed to settle the lawsuit to avoid the uncertainties, expenses, and waste of resources that will result from further litigation.  This Notice is not an admission of wrongdoing by any party.

How Do I Know if I am a Class Member?

You are a member of the Class if you are a current or former Helio customer in the United States and its territories who, at any time prior to October 4, 2010, was in a contract with Helio for wireless telephone service that contained an Early Termination Fee.  You are a member of the Class regardless of whether or not you paid any portion of the Early Termination Fee to Helio or any third-party collection agency or any other party to which Helio assigned its rights.

What Can I Get From the Settlement?

If you are a Class member, file a valid claim, and the Court approves the settlement, you are entitled to money.  If you paid Helio directly for a flat rate Early Termination Fee, you are entitled to a refund of a portion of the Early Termination Fee.  This portion is equal to the difference between the fee actually paid and a pro-rated fee that is reduced by $5 per month of service following the first month, less any amounts owed to Helio for wireless service.  If Helio does not have a record of your payment, you may be requested to provide proof of payment.

If you paid a flat rate Early Termination Fee to a third party, such as a debt collector, you are also entitled to a refund equal to the difference described above.  You must submit proof of payment (a receipt, a credit card statement, or other proof) to the Settlement Administrator.

If you don’t appear in Helio’s records and have no proof of payment, or if you paid a third-party debt collector and have no proof, or if you simply were charged the Early Termination Fee but refused to pay it, or if you were never charged the Early Termination Fee but swear under oath that you stayed with Helio due to the Early Termination Fee, you are entitled to $10.

How Can I Get a Payment?

To qualify for payment, you must submit a timely, truthful, accurate, and properly completed Claim Form.  You may either submit the Claim Form online at www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com by following the instructions found with the link, or you may mail a completed Claim Form postmarked no later than February 28, 2011 to Vanover v. Helio, LLC Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 6177, Novato, CA 94948-6177.

What are My Other Options?

You or your lawyer has the right to appear before the Court and object to the proposed settlement. Your written objection must be submitted by January 7, 2011.  If you do not wish to be a member of the Class, you may exclude yourself by writing to the Settlement Administrator.  Specific instructions are available at www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com. Your request must be submitted by January 7, 2011.

If you do nothing you will be in the Class, and if the Court approves the settlement, you will also be bound by all orders and judgments of the Court.  If approved, your claims against Helio regarding Helio’s inclusion and/or imposition of any Early Termination Fee in its contracts for wireless telephone service will be fully resolved and released.

Who Represents Me?

The Court has approved Steven L. Lezell and Sean Reis of Edelson McGuire LLC to be the attorneys representing the Class in this case.  These attorneys are referred to as Class Counsel. You will not be charged for these lawyers.  If you want to be represented by your own lawyer in this case, you may hire one at your expense.

Class Counsel will ask the Court for attorneys’ fees and expenses of up to $235,000 from the Settlement Fund.  Helio has agreed to pay the Class Representative $5,000 from the Settlement Fund for his services in helping to bring and settle this case. The Court may award less than these amounts.

When will the Court Consider the Proposed Settlement?

The Court will hold the Fairness Hearing at 11:00 a.m. on January 28, 2011 at the Central Civil West Courthouse, Department 307, 600 South Commonwealth Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90005.  At that hearing, the Court will hear any objections concerning the fairness of the settlement that have been properly requested, as set forth above.  The hearing may be postponed to a different date or time without notice. You are not required to come to the Fairness Hearing.

How Do I Get More Information?

For more information about the proposed settlement and a copy of the Full Notice and Claim Form, go to www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com, contact the Settlement Administrator at 1-888-701-8252 or Vanover v. Helio, LLC Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 6177, Novato, CA 94948-6177 or call Class Counsel at 1-866-354-3015.


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HELIO SETTLEMENT CLAIM FORM

Return this Claim Form to:  Vanover v. Helio, LLC Settlement Administrator,
P.O. Box 6177, Novato, CA  94948-6177.
Questions, visit www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com or call 1-888-701-8252

This Claim Form has been formatted in HTML so that it retains the proper formatting.
If your email program uses text formatting, then to view a properly formatted Claim Form, click here.

DEADLINE: THIS CLAIM FORM MUST BE RECEIVED OR POSTMARKED BY FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Instructions:  Each person seeking a cash benefit under the Class Action Settlement Agreement must complete either a paper or electronic Claim Form.  Everyone must provide the information requested in the Part A “Claimant Information” section, fill in EITHER Option #1 or Option #2 under Part B “Early Termination Fee Information,” and sign the “Certification” section under Part C.  You can only submit a claim under either Option #1 or Option #2, not both.  For further information on each of these options and which one is best for you, please review the Notice of Pendency, visit www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com, or call 1-888-701-8252.

To submit a claim for cash benefit under Option #1, begin by filling in Part A.  Once completed, complete the top half of Part B, Option #1, by checking the applicable boxes indicating that you paid an Early Termination Fee either directly to Helio or to an interested third-party debt collector (“Debt Collector”) and, if to a Debt Collector, that you have proof of payment.  SKIP Option #2 and sign the Certification under Part C and, if payment was made to a Debt Collector, attach the proof of payment (a receipt, letter of payment, release of satisfaction judgment, credit card statement, etc.).

To submit a claim for cash benefit under Option #2, begin by filling out Part A.  If you paid a Debt Collector but lack proof of payment, were charged an Early Termination Fee but did not pay the fee, or were not charged the Early Termination Fee but remained in your contract with Helio because of the Early Termination Fee, SKIP Option #1, check the necessary boxes in Part B under Option #2, sign the Certification under Part C, to the form either electronically or by mailing it with this form.

After the form is completed mail to the Settlement Administrator, Vanover v. Helio, LLC Settlement Administrator, P.O. Box 6177, Novato, CA 94948-6177 along with any necessary proof of payment under Option #1 or click submit.

PART A – CLAIMANT INFORMATION*
First Name:
Middle Initial:______
Last Name:
Street:
City:
State:______
Zip Code:___  ___  ___  ___  ___
Helio Cell Phone Number:  ( ___  ___  ___ )  ___  ___  ___  –  ___  ___  ___  ___
This must be the number that was/is associated with the early termination charges.

Amount Paid to Helio or an Interested Third Party (i.e., Collection Agency), If Any:  $ ___________

Contact Phone Number:  ( ___  ___  ___ )  ___  ___  ___  –  ___  ___  ___  ___
Please provide a phone number where you can be reached if further information is required.

Email Address:  __________________________________________________________
If you contacted Helio via email, please provide the address used to send your message(s).

* All information in this section is required.  Please then complete either Option #1 or Option #2 below.

PART B – EARLY TERMINATION FEE PAYMENT INFORMATION
Option #1 – Cash Refund for Payment of Early Termination Fee

By submitting a Claim Form under Option #1 and checking the boxes below, I verify that I believe I am a member of the Class and that the following statements are true (check each box that applies):

Prior to October 4, 2010, I was a Helio customer in the United States and its territories who was party to a contract with Helio for wireless telephone service that contained a flat-rate Early Termination Fee; AND
Prior to October 4, 2010, I paid Helio an Early Termination Fee for ending my contract before the contract expiration date; OR
Prior to October 4, 2010, I paid an interested third party (i.e., collection agency) an Early Termination Fee for ending my contract before the contract expiration date and I have proof of payment such as a receipt, letter of payment, release of satisfaction judgment, credit card statement, etc.  (Please submit such proof of payment with your Claim Form).
If you have selected and completed Option #1, please skip Option #2 and proceed to Part C.
Option #2 – Flat $10 Cash Refund

By submitting a Claim Form under Option #2 and in checking the boxes below, I verify that I believe I am a member of the Class and that the following statements and information provided are true (check each box that applies):

Prior to October 4, 2010, I was a Helio customer in the United States and its territories who was party to a contract with Helio for wireless telephone service that contained an Early Termination Fee; AND
Prior to October 4, 2010, I paid Helio or an interested third party (i.e., collection agency) an Early Termination Fee for ending my contract before the contract expiration date but do NOT have proof of payment; OR
I was charged an Early Termination Fee but did not make payment of the Early Termination Fee; OR
I was not charged an Early Termination Fee, but I did not terminate my Helio contract early because of the Early Termination Fee.
PART C – CERTIFICATION UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY
I declare under penalty of perjury that I believe I am a member of the Class.
Signature:
Date (mm/dd/yyyy):
Print Name:
If approved, your claim under either Option #1 or Option #2 entitles you to a refund of the amount claimed above, or a pro rata share of the settlement if the total claims, refunds, expenses, and the fee award exceed the Settlement Fund.
Questions?  Visit www.TerminationFeesSettlement.com or Call 1-888-701-8252