AT&T Sued for Data Overbilling
The suit states that if a user downloaded a 50KB file, an AT&T bill might overstate the traffic as 53.5KB, with the billed usage potentially going as high as 150KB. The lawsuit, filed for plaintiff Patrick Hendricks, compares the practice to a gasoline pump that "charges for a full gallon when it pumps only nine-tenths of a gallon into your car's tank."
Interestingly, during the investigation, a consulting firm hired by the lawyers of the plaintiff bought a new iPhone and immediately turned off all push notifications and location-based services, also making sure that no apps or email accounts were active. The investigators then left the iPhone idle for 10 days. The result was a bill for 2,292KB of data over 35 transactions.
An AT&T rep responded to the complaint, saying:
"Transparent and accurate billing is a top priority for AT&T. In fact, we've created tools that let our customers check their voice and data usage at any time during their billing cycle to help eliminate bill surprises. We have only recently learned of the complaint, but I can tell you that we intend to defend ourselves vigorously."