AT&T Billed an Elderly Man $24,000 for Using AOL Dial-Up

Jay Hathaway · 04/28/15 03:50PM

An 83-year-old Los Angeles man couldn’t believe the bills AT&T kept sending him for his simple landline phone account—more than $24,000 over two months. But the company insisted he had to pay it, even though it seemed impossible that dialing up to AOL—the only thing he really used the line for—could cost that much.

Welcome to the U.S. Copyright Alert System, Where Companies Can Slow Your Internet If You Download Illegally

Caity Weaver · 02/26/13 11:30AM

Hope you downloaded enough episodes of Game of Thrones Sunday night to last you the rest of your life; starting this week, the five major internet service providers (AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon and Time Warner Cable) have free rein to harass you with notices, block you from visiting certain websites, and even slow down your Internet speed if you are found (or suspected) to participate in illegal downloading.

Call Me...Maybe? Wireless Providers to Disable Stolen Phones

Caity Weaver · 04/10/12 07:54PM

AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile are teaming up with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make it harder for thieves to use stolen phones, since you seem hell-bent on accidentally leaving yours everywhere.

Government Sues to Block AT&T, T-Mobile Merger

Jim Newell · 08/31/11 11:47AM

Some big news in the telecom world today, as the Justice Department has sued to block AT&T's $39 billion purchase of T-Mobile on antitrust grounds. This is just like in the old days, when antitrust laws were enforced.

GLAAD President Resigns over AT&T Donations

Max Read · 06/19/11 01:51PM

Jarrett Barrios, the president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, resigned on Sunday night following revelations that GLAAD had expressed support of AT&T's merger with T-Mobile—while also taking $50,000 in donations from the company.

How Your iPhone Bill Is Used Against You

Ryan Tate · 10/12/10 02:46PM

AT&T is taking some of the money from your iPhone bill and using it to intercept your complaints to the federal government. How? By become the biggest advertiser on Google, that's how.

AT&T's iPad Cover Up

Ryan Tate · 07/26/10 04:23PM

AT&T is refusing to say how many iPad 3G customers had their private information compromised in a security breach last month. So much for the company's promise to "shed some more light" on the situation.

When Steve Jobs Refused To Wear a Suit

Ryan Tate · 07/19/10 03:49PM

It's no wonder Apple and AT&T can't cooperate to complete iPhone calls: The two companies can't even sync up over what to wear to their meetings. No one asks Steve Jobs to remove his black turtleneck. No one.

An iPhone Class Action Suit Is in the Works

Ryan Tate · 06/28/10 03:55PM

The California law firm that sued Facebook and Zynga over scammy gaming ads is setting its sights on Apple, investigating a possible class action over reception problems with the new iPhone.

FBI Searches iPad Hack Group

Ryan Tate · 06/16/10 01:08PM

A member of Goatse Security had his home searched by the FBI yesterday before going to jail for drugs. The group gave Apple and AT&T headaches over weak iPad customer security; now it's been punished with headaches of its own.