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Submission + - iPhone users sue AT&T for letting thieves re-activate their stolen devices (forbes.com)

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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