Verizon, Cingular and Sprint have entered into an agreement with the attorneys general in Illinois Wisconsin and 30 other states.
The deal will require the companies to provide coverage maps to consumers and give new customers two weeks to terminate service without penalty. The carriers will also pay the states a total of $5 million for consumer education.
New Jersey Attorney General Peter Harvey says the agreement ends consumer protection investigations that focused on allegations of misleading advertising and other issues.
(The other states in the settlement are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wyoming.)