From AT&T, the Company that Disavows any Knowledge of the Passport

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I have decided that attempting to get AT&T to acknowledge that they are the exclusive carrier of the Passport and maybe list it or allow pre-orders is Mission Impossible.
And here is why:

AT&T is not an ethical company.

AT&T to Pay $105 Million to Settle U.S. Bogus Mobile Bill Claims

Oct. 8 (Bloomberg) — AT&T Inc. agreed to pay $105 million to settle U.S. claims that the wireless carrier placed unauthorized charges on customer bills.

AT&T unlawfully billed customers for charges originated by other companies for subscriptions to ringtones, horoscopes and text messages, a practice known as mobile cramming, the Federal Trade Commission said in a statement today.

“This settlement will put tens of millions of dollars back in the pockets of consumers harmed by AT&T’s cramming of its mobile customers,” said FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez. Consumers can apply for refunds, the agency said.

AT&T is settling with the FTC, the Federal Communications Commission, all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The settlement was filed along with a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The case is the seventh mobile cramming case brought by the FTC since 2013.

The agency sued fourth-largest U.S. wireless carrier T- Mobile US Inc. in July over similar allegations.

To contact the reporters on this story: David McLaughlin in Washington at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.net; Todd Shields in Washington at tshields3@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Sara Forden at sforden@bloomberg.net Elizabeth Wasserman

However the joke is on them because most of us who want a Passport are being forced to buy them off contract and they are currently selling them at prices of $799 up.
And people are paying. All money that AT&T is losing out on that they could use to pay for lawsuits for their unethical behaviour.

Many will be switching carriers as well after observing all of this.

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Blackjack

I am a long time BlackBerry user and fan. Beginning with the 7520, I have recognized the value of subtle productivity enhancements in BlackBerry devices for business communication and have never since strayed. Even when the iPhone took the market by storm, I was unimpressed, because it did nothing to help my business needs. Currently enjoying my one handed dream phone, the Classic! BB10 with a toolbelt! Today I contribute to UTB whenever I feel that I can help enlighten someone on the benefits of using BlackBerry over any other platform.

  • john_v

    They could have totally had my money for the next two years.

    But as it is, I’ll probably start socking away cash and get the Classic straight from BlackBerry when it launches.

    AT&T’s loss…

    • Robert

      Ssshhhhhh Don’t mention the Classic too loud or Blackjack will start drooling again.

  • Robert

    AT&T lost out on me. I bought 3 Passports from BlackBerry. Hey that rhymes.

  • razrrob

    Blackjack- i wonder if AT&T has some type of promotion exclusivity with Apple which prevents them from selling or showcasing the Passport. Or it may be something as simple as a commitment to sell x number of iPhones to retain their subsidy. I’d bet they’re nervous that once people see the Passport, iPhone sales would tank leaving them with a lot of expensive inventory sitting on their shelves

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