Is AT&T overcharging iPhone users by 300 percent?

Apple iPhone on AT&T may be hit with illegal overage charges
Apple iPhone on AT&T may be hit with illegal overage charges

A new class-action lawsuit is targeting AT&T and it claims that the carrier is overcharging iPhone users by as much as 300 percent. Lawyers for the case are comparing it to a rigged gas pump.

The lawyers said they have spent $80,000 preparing for this case and it involved testing AT&T iPhone units that had the data connectivity turned off and disabling data apps and then seeing the results. The law firm said it was surprised to see that it was still being charged for various data services.

AT&T said the case has “no merit,” as there are other data charges that can be happening in the background. I think it’s clear that the company could be more precise on data billing – for simplicity, some bills will just have big data clumps in the middle of the night – but it’s too soon to tell if it’s doing anything illegal.

I need to see more of the evidence from the lawyers too, as it does seem like a huge attention-grabbing move (one of the lawyers even went on MSNBC to tout the case) that could scare millions into joining in. If the case actually goes through, the lawyers will likely reap a huge benefit while end users will get a piddling.

Of course, if AT&T really is gouging iPhone users, it should face a financial punishment. But with the Verizon iPhone out there to compete for consumers’ attention, it’s in AT&T’s best interest to be as competitive as it can be on data pricing.

What do you all think about this case? Has your iPhone on AT&T been hit with weird charges that you’re not familar with? Are you lucky enough to be grandfathered in to the unlimited plan and just don’t care?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments, friends.

[Via Venturebeat]

  • aLb3Rt

     at&t is the DEVIL!

    • Paxmos

      They all suck. 

  • Shonan_Naminoir

    I’m grandfathered into the old unlimited data plan, but I thought it was quite odd that AT&T dropped the unlimited plan in lieu of the Verizon network getting the iPhone.  Somehow, I’m not surprised that AT&T would do something like this.  There is a serious problem with only four major…well, now three major national cellular companies.  There needs to be greater gov’t regulation since they are literally monopolies of this market.  Despite the existence of companies such as US Cellular, Cricket, etc.

    But as for the class action, such is the nature of class actions; the plaintiffs attorneys make bank while those in the class who are not the named representatives get literally jack and ****. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’ll be sad to see the death of all the unlimited plans over the next few years. It’s tough to see. 

    • Anonymous

      Yeah, I’ll be sad to see the death of all the unlimited plans over the next few years. It’s tough to see. 

  • Anonymous

    Help me understand- every iPhone requires a data plan, whether it is used or not, right? If these users are otherwise being charged for excess data, then I can understand the merit of this case. Am I missing something?

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