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iPhone Users Sue AT&T For Letting Thieves Re-Activate Their Stolen Devices 197

Posted by Soulskill
from the your-phone-is-not-very-loyal dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Following on the heels of the FCC and U.S. mobile carriers finally announcing plans to create a national database for stolen phones, a group of iPhone users filed a class action lawsuit against AT&T on Tuesday claiming that it has aided and abetted cell phone thieves by refusing to brick stolen cell phones. AT&T has '[made] millions of dollars in improper profits, by forcing legitimate customers, such as these Plaintiffs, to buy new cell phones, and buy new cell phone plans, while the criminals who stole the phone are able to simply walk into AT&T stories and 're-activate' the devices, using different, cheap, readily-available 'SIM' cards,' states their complaint. AT&T, of course, says the suit is 'meritless.'"
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iPhone Users Sue AT&T For Letting Thieves Re-Activate Their Stolen Devices

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  • by Beardo the Bearded (321478) on Friday April 13, 2012 @05:32PM (#39679747)

    Which is more likely?

    That a company that puts someone in a 3-year contract worth thousands of dollars per customer has no record of what they are selling or they figured that they could get away with selling the same service twice to two different people?

    "Your phone was stolen? It's only $550 to get another one, or we can just charge you for the services. Hang on, I've got a Mr. Crowbar McGee on the other line, how odd, same phone as you but no receipt."

I've got a bad feeling about this.

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