So the heading to this post wasn’t too startling as you’re probably used to getting under the watchful eye of the government/AT&T. Everybody knows that AT&T (also known as the company formerly known as Cingular) spies on your calls … voice, #s dialed, talk-times, etc etc but now, they’re taking a proactive step by going above and beyond that.
Not content with delivering crippled top-end phones, censoring anti-Bush comments or altering songs lyrics to their clients, and all that other stuff like illegal warantless wiretapping (phone, internet, email) etc etc, AT&T is still on a roll to become the baddest company on the planet. As of now, they’ve already figured into the top-5 axis of evil company’s list which can vary from person to person but be assured that your favorite AT&T will be included. Apparently, a new addition to their TOS (terms of service) states…
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…(c) tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries.
The irony to AT&T’s iron-hand Stalinistic approach towards their customers could lead to easy exits for clients from the tight clutches of this spawn of hell. I mean what is up with these guys? Why are they trying so hard to be as evil as possible? Do they not have a PR division? Customers are now able to run away from their AT&T contracts without having to pay a termination fee but at the same time, the sheep who prefer to remain with this crazed outfit suffer the consequences.
Why do they hate their customers so much? How many wars do they want to fight?
1. War against cool phones. They must be crippled in someway before reaching the hands of the customers.
2. War against consumer’s privacy. Govt data sharing. All your porn are belong to us!
3. War against competitors. If an AT&T client worked for say T-Mobile, you can bet your ass that this person’s line is constantly being monitored to give AT&T a heads up on updates.
4. War against free speech. Pearl Jam’s songs getting censored LIVE in August 2007.
5. War against paper. Printed and mailed out monstrous 300-page monthly phone reports to iPhone users.
6. And the newest addition. War against criticism.
Moral of the Story: We all know AT&T is about as bad as it can get for the informed citizens so now is your chance to escape from them without fees.
EDIT: 10/03/07 AT&T now claims that customers will NOT have their contracts terminated even if they’re expressing their negative opinions on the internet. Apparently you have to do something a bit more extreme than simply talking shit about AT&T to have your service discontinued.