Well, it turns out AT&T has lied to some of its customers in a big way. If AT&T has been your cell phone provider, they might just owe you money and here’s why.
The Federal Trade Commission said yesterday that AT&T has to now pay $60 million dollars to settle a lawsuit with them for lying to customers about “unlimited data plans.”
The $60 million dollars that AT&T has to now cough up will be given to customers to partially refund them since AT&T didn’t actually give people unlimited data plans; they throttled data after certain limits.
If you have had an unlimited data plan with AT&T since 2011 or earlier, chances are good they have to pay you.
“AT&T promised its customers ‘unlimited’ data, and in many instances, it has failed to deliver on that promise,” Edith Ramirez, the former chairwoman of the FTC, said in a statement back in 2014 when this lawsuit started. “The issue here is simple: ‘unlimited’ means unlimited.”
The FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection Director, Andrew Smith, had this to say about the settlement:
“AT&T promised unlimited data—without qualification—and failed to deliver on that promise. While it seems obvious, it bears repeating that Internet providers must tell people about any restrictions on the speed or amount of data promised.”
Back in 2015, the FCC fined AT&T $100 million dollars…for doing the same thing to customers.
To apply for a refund please go to this page on the FTC’s website.
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