AT&T, Apple Begin Paying $40 to U.S. iPad 3G Purchasers After Unlimited Data Lawsuit

Tuesday July 22, 2014 4:34 PM PDT by Juli Clover
AT&T and Apple have begun sending out payments to consumers in the United States who purchased an original iPad 3G, following the culmination of a long-running class action lawsuit over unlimited data.

Originally settled in September of 2013, the lawsuit covered a $29.99 no-contract unlimited data plan that Apple and AT&T offered with the original iPad -- a deal that Steve Jobs advertised on stage when the tablet was revealed in January of 2010.

In June of 2010, AT&T stopped offering the plan and replaced it with a 2GB for $25/month plan. AT&T did grandfather in users who had an unlimited plan prior to June 2010, but the company also began throttling unlimited users in October of 2011.

The class action lawsuit accused Apple and AT&T of using bait-and-switch tactics, selling iPads that advertised unlimited data without actually providing unlimited data. The lawsuits also suggested that without the prospect of an unlimited data plan, consumers had overpaid for their tablets. Apple and AT&T's settlement, which called for the companies to send out $40 checks to all affected customers, was finalized in February. As noted by 9to5Mac, checks are now arriving to customers.

settlementcheck
Enclosed is a check in the amount of $40.00 representing your settlement in the award of Apple & AT&T iPad Unlimited Data Plan Litigation. The amount of your settlement award has been calculated pursuant to the terms of the Settlement that was approved by the court. Pursuant to the terms of the settlement, the enclosed check must be cashed by October 16, 2014; after that date, the check will be void and will not be reissued. If you have any questions, you can contact the Settlement Administrator at 1โ€“800โ€“248โ€“1504.
Under the terms of the settlement, AT&T is also required to offer customers a $20 discount on the $50/month 5GB data plan, but the deal is only available to customers who do not have another data plan with AT&T due to no-class action provisions in their contracts.

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Posted: 13 weeks ago
This is still BS that was one of the worst moves in recent history to advertise the service in the keynote and 6 months later kill it. They should have given them back the full difference between the 3g and wifi models
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago
OT: always amazes me that the US uses checks. i dont think ive actually touched or seen a check first hand in my entire life
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago

OT: always amazes me that the US uses checks. i dont think ive actually touched or seen a check first hand in my entire life

As opposed to cash?
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Posted: 13 weeks ago

I still have unlimited, and it is not throttled at all. The post you linked to even says that.


If you use enough data they will throttle you. I've experienced it and it's noticeable and constant until the next billing cycle.
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Posted: 13 weeks ago

but the company also began throttling unlimited users in October of 2011


I still have unlimited, and it is not throttled at all. The post you linked to even says that.
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Posted: 13 weeks ago

OT: always amazes me that the US uses checks. i dont think ive actually touched or seen a check first hand in my entire life


So what's your preferred method? Also, they are hoping people don't cash them too...
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago

This is still BS that was one of the worst moves in recent history to advertise the service in the keynote and 6 months later kill it. They should have given them back the full difference between the 3g and wifi models


They should be held responsible for what they offered. Imagine if customers were allowed to say:

"I have lowered my monthly rate. If you feel this change negatively effects you, then you have until I pay my bill to reimburse me for my equipment."
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 13 weeks ago

we use "SEPA" to transfer money to recipients all over europe for free. you just put in the number of the bank and the private account id and the money gets taken from your account to his.


That presumes you have a bank account. The payer can't assume that in a class action suit. It's easier to just send a check to everyone, than to have some interaction where they request your preferred method and then send it out multiple ways.

I rarely use checks nowadays, but there are occasions where it just makes sense.

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I used to write Forty Even but now I just write Forty ----------------------------- Dollars

Stupid to write forty dollars when the check already says dollars, so I just draw a long line to make it so people can't tack anything before or after it.


The first time I read this, I thought you meant you write "Forty (censored) Dollars."
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Posted: 13 weeks ago

OT: always amazes me that the US uses checks. i dont think ive actually touched or seen a check first hand in my entire life

You're easily amazed I suppose.
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Posted: 13 weeks ago

And what would money transfer involve (that is different than using a check)?


I lived in Switzerland for 3 years....they don't have checks. All bills come with an identically formatted blue payment slip which can be taken to a bank/post office and paid for with cash, or can be machine read by an ATM and the money is taken from your account, or you can enter the info from them into your online banking account and pay your bill. Nobody mails a payment back to the biller, all paying is done through the banking system. There are pink versions of the same slips that can be filled in manually and used for one off payments to individuals, charities, etc. Store transactions are all by debit or credit card.

I lived in Australia for 3 years....checks do exist, but nobody has them for personal use. The only one I ever got was when I sold my car and was paid with a bank check. Store transactions are all done with EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer Point of Sale) which is your debit card. Bills come with the biller's BSB and Account number which is equivalent to a Routing and Account Number here. You use online banking to push money to their account. You also make payments to individuals by pushing money from your account to another person's BSB/Account Number. A difference from the US ACH system is that having someone's BSB/Account Number only allows you to push money into their account....having someone else's account info can't be used to pull money from their account. For instance if you have a recurring payment to someone, you go to your bank's website and set up to have a recurring payment pushed to the biller; You don't give your details to the biller to have them regularly pull the money. This seems to eliminate any security risk of having someone know your account details....the worst they could do is give you money!

So other countries are way ahead of the US's antiquated system.
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