World's Most Ethical Tech Companies: It's all relative

T-Mobile US crams onto this ethics list despite some bogus billing shenanigans

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T-Mobile is crowing about making a list as one of the 2015 World's Most Ethical Companies. My guess is that voting must have taken place after December, when the FCC announced that T-Mobile would be paying at least $90 for cramming -- that is, "for billing customers millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party subscriptions and premium text messaging services."

Then again, it's all relative. AT&T got whacked earlier last year by the FCC for $105M for doing something similar. The State of California also nailed AT&T late last year for almost $24M in a hazardous waste dumping case. Verizon paid up for privacy violations and Sprint got fined last year for not honoring the do-not-call rules. And of course take your pick with Comcast: How about "borrowing" customers' routers to use as WiFi hotspots?

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Ethical or not, T-Mobile has been doing something right based on its financial success and customer wins of late. The $26B carrier has actually been on the Most Ethical Companies List since 2009, too.

Among other tech companies cracking the World's Most Ethical Companies list from management consulting firm Ethisphere:

Cisco, Hitachi Data Systems, Google, Microsoft and Symantec.

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