A California man has filed suit against AT&T for what he says are inflated data charges for Apple’s iPhone and iPad.
AT&T’s billing system for data is like a "rigged gas pump," according to Patrick Hendricks, who filed the suit. Hendricks is an iPhone user with a $15 per month 200MB data plan. He claims that late last year, AT&T charged him for 259 data transactions totaling 223MB, but "many of these charges were for phantom data transactions" that never happened, according to court documents.
A two-month review by an independent consulting firm hired by Hendricks’s lawyers found that AT&T consistently overcharges its customers for data by 7 to 14 percent, according to the lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday in California district court.
This proves that "AT&T’s bill systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving an iPhone or iPad account," the suit said.
AT&T did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Hendricks accused AT&T of consistently overbilling on legitimate data usage as well as billing for phantom usage. He said that the consulting firm purchased an iPhone from the AT&T store, turned off push notifications, location services, closed all apps, and did not enable e-mail but was still charged for 35 data transactions over a 10-day period for a total of 2,292KB of usage.
Right in the week that Verizon starts shipping iPhones.. hmmm…
Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld will be honored with the “Defender of the Constitution Award” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), an annual event attended by numerous conservative activists, journalists, and politicians.
WorldNetDaily columnist Brad O’Leary and American Conservative Union chairman David A. Keene will present the former Defense secretary with the award on Feb 10, according to the conference’s schedule of events (.pdf).
Defender of …
…Just in time for Web use to go mobile and touch-based.