Man Sues AT&T For Throttling His iPhone and Wins

Pro-tem Judge Russell Nadel said it isn't fair for AT&T to slow down a person's iPhone after selling them an "unlimited data" plan.

According to a statement released by AT&T they only throttle "the top five percent of the heaviest data users." iPhone users who are approaching the the top five receive a message that advises them to use Wi-Fi to avoid "reduced speeds." AT&T's throttling policy didn't sit well with many customers, and it even caused one man to take the carrier to small claims court.

iPhone Throttling

An unemployed truck driver and student sued AT&T after they throttled his iPhone and he won. Matt Spaccarelli was awarded $850 in a California small claims court. This could spell trouble for AT&T who does not allow its 17 million customers with unlimited data plans to consolidate their claims into a class action suit.

AT&T spokesman Marty Richter said the company will appeal the decision.

"At the end of the day, our contract governs our relationship with our customers," he said.

Since AT&T's contract forbids customers from filing class-action lawsuits thousands of people could potentially sue them one by one.

Nadel said it isn't fair for AT&T to promise a customer unlimited data while burying terms in their contract that give the company the right to cut down their speeds.

[via Associated Press]