Class action over expired pre-paid phone cards moves ahead

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Jane Sims, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:11 PM ET

LONDON, Ont. -- Pre-paid cellphone users who believe they lost money on expired phone cards can join a $100-million class-action lawsuit against some of the country's biggest cellphone providers.

The lawsuit against Bell Mobility, Virgin Mobile Canada and Solo Mobile was certified in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice last fall.

Ads ran in newspapers across the province on Monday looking for people who had pay-per-use wireless phone cards expiry with balances still on them and invited the users to join the action.

None of the allegations in the suit have been proven in court.

The representative plaintiff for the case is Celia Sankar, an author and DiversityCanada (CCT) Foundation executive director who lives in Elliott Lake, Ont.

The suit claims the phone companies breached contracts in Ontario by expiring pre-paid balances too early and scooping up any money left on the cards.


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