iPhone User Sues AT&T on Data Throttling, Wins $850
Customer wins small-claims case, had 'unlimited' plan
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2012 5:33 PM CST
This Feb. 10 photo shows a smartphone with a text message to an AT&T customer in New York.   (Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – Might this turn into a major headache for AT&T? A customer in California has won a small-claims case against the company because it slowed the data service on his iPhone even though he had an "unlimited" plan, reports AP. A Simi Valley judge awarded Matt Spaccarelli $850, and the news service notes that AT&T has 17 million other customers at risk for similar data throttling. While AT&T blocks them from joining together in a class-action suit, this victory could set off a barrage of small-claims cases. WebProNews has background on the case.

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Feb 26, 2012 4:32 AM CST
if I get one of those messages......hell yeah..I still have the unlimited plan.
Feb 25, 2012 8:23 PM CST
Well, this is troubling, since I now own 81 shares of AT&T. While I agree that any unfair practices should be addressed appropriately, I hope that AT&T will change its ways in the interest of its stockholders.
Feb 25, 2012 10:35 AM CST
It is total BS that we can't go class action. Arbitration and individual representation is designed to favor big business.