AT&T Terms of Service Strip Your Freedom of Speech

AT&T Terms of Service Strip Your Freedom of Speech


Here’s a strange one for you. Apparently in the newest Terms of Service agreement written up by the suits at AT&T, your service will be terminated if you badmouth AT&T. That’s right. Slam that swirly blue globe for gobbling up Cingular and you can wave your talking privileges goodbye. Spite them for being the exclusive iPhone carrier and they’ll bitch-slap you in return with a withdrawal of service.

It’s not even like it’s pseudo-parenting gone too far. In effect, AT&T is robbing you of your freedom of speech, because they’re not letting you complain about their poor service or less than fantastic selection of phones… if that’s what you happen to want to complain about. Here’s the snippet from the Terms of Service:

5.1 Suspension/Termination. Your Service may be suspended or terminated if your payment is past due and such condition continues un-remedied for thirty (30) days. In addition, AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service, any Member ID, electronic mail address, IP address, Universal Resource Locator or domain name used by you, without notice, for conduct that AT&T believes (a) violates the Acceptable Use Policy; (b) constitutes a violation of any law, regulation or tariff (including, without limitation, copyright and intellectual property laws) or a violation of these TOS, or any applicable policies or guidelines, or (c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries. Termination or suspension by AT&T of Service also constitutes termination or suspension (as applicable) of your license to use any Software. AT&T may also terminate or suspend your Service if you provide false or inaccurate information that is required for the provision of Service or is necessary to allow AT&T to bill you for Service.–

I guess it’s a good thing that the iPhone got unlocked, huh? Now if only we could get around the ugly new firmware that re-locks the touchtastic device.