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Ma Bell is more like Ma Barker


An iPhone owner who claims AT&T billed him for data usage that was impossible because he'd disabled all data services on his phone has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court in California, seeking to include all iPhone and iPad users who were similarly defrauded by AT&T's "rigged" billing system.


Plaintiff Patrick Hendricks claimed in the suit that "AT&T's bills systematically overstate the amount of data used on each data transaction involving an iPhone or iPad account," and charged customers for data transactions even if they didn't use the device, Courthouse News Service (CNS) reported on Jan. 31.


Hendricks' lawyers described AT&T's billing system as "a rigged gas pump that charges for a full gallon when it pumps only nine-tenths of a gallon into your car's tank."



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