GoPhone™ Terms of Service


 

GOPHONE TERMS OF SERVICE: "AT&T" or "we," "us" or "our" refers to AT&T Mobility LLC, acting on behalf of its FCC-licensed affiliates doing business as AT&T. "You" or "your" refers to the person or entity that is the customer of record and/or purchases or uses the Equipment or Device (as defined below). This GoPhone Terms of Service is an agreement between AT&T and you ("Agreement").

 

PLEASE READ THIS AGREEMENT CAREFULLY TO ENSURE THAT YOU UNDERSTAND EACH PROVISION, INCLUDING OUR USE OF YOUR LOCATION INFORMATION . THIS AGREEMENT REQUIRES THE USE OF ARBITRATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL BASIS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES, RATHER THAN JURY TRIALS OR CLASS ACTIONS, AND ALSO LIMITS THE REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO YOU IN THE EVENT OF A DISPUTE.

 

THE USE OF GOPHONE SERVICE IS SUBJECT TO THE GOPHONE PLAN TERMS AND TERMS OF SERVICE.

 

CHARGES: You are responsible for paying all charges for or resulting from services provided under this Agreement. Charges may include, without limitation: airtime, roamer, recurring monthly service, activation, administrative, returned-check and late payment charges; network and other surcharges; optional feature charges; toll, collect call and directory assistance charges; any other charges or calls charged to your phone number; and applicable taxes, surcharges and governmental fees, whether assessed directly upon you or upon AT&T. AT&T may add its own charges to those charged by third parties. Payment for all charges is made in advance and there is no proration of such charges. You agree to pay for incoming and outgoing calls to and from your phone.

 

AIRTIME AND OTHER MEASURED VOICE USAGE ("CHARGEABLE TIME") IS BILLED IN FULL-MINUTE INCREMENTS AND IS ROUNDED UP TO THE NEXT FULL-MINUTE INCREMENT AT THE END OF EACH CALL FOR CHARGING PURPOSES. AT&T CHARGES A FULL MINUTE OF AIRTIME USAGE FOR EVERY FRACTION OF THE LAST MINUTE OF AIRTIME USED ON EACH WIRELESS CALL.

 

DATA TRANSPORT IS CALCULATED IN FIVE-KILOBYTE INCREMENTS, AND ACTUAL TRANSPORT IS ROUNDED UP TO THE NEXT FIVE-KILOBYTE INCREMENT AT THE END OF EACH DATA SESSION FOR BILLING PURPOSES. AT&T CALCULATES A FULL KILOBYTE OF DATA TRANSPORT FOR EVERY FRACTION OF THE LAST KILOBYTE OF DATA TRANSPORT USED ON EACH DATA SESSION. TRANSPORT IS BILLED EITHER BY THE KILOBYTE ("KB") OR MEGABYTE ("MB"). IF BILLED BY MB, THE FULL KBs CALCULATED FOR EACH DATA SESSION DURING THE BILLING PERIOD ARE TOTALED AND ROUNDED UP TO NEXT FULL MB INCREMENT TO DETERMINE BILLING. IF BILLED BY KB, THE FULL KBs CALCULATED FOR EACH DATA SESSION DURING THE BILLING PERIOD ARE TOTALED TO DETERMINE BILLING. NETWORK OVERHEAD, SOFTWARE UPDATE REQUESTS, EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS, AND RESEND REQUESTS CAUSED BY NETWORK ERRORS CAN INCREASE MEASURED KILOBYTES. DATA TRANSPORT OCCURS WHENEVER YOUR DEVICE IS CONNECTED TO OUR NETWORK AND IS ENGAGED IN ANY DATA TRANSMISSION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO: (i) SENDING OR RECEIVING EMAIL, DOCUMENTS, OR OTHER CONTENT, (ii) ACCESSING WEBSITES, OR (iii) DOWNLOADING AND USING APPLICATIONS. SOME APPLICATIONS, CONTENT, PROGRAMS, AND SOFTWARE THAT YOU DOWNLOAD OR THAT COMES PRE-LOADED ON YOUR DEVICE AUTOMATICALLY AND REGULARLY SEND AND RECEIVE DATA TRANSMISSIONS IN ORDER TO FUNCTION PROPERLY, WITHOUT YOU AFFIRMATIVELY INITIATING THE REQUEST AND WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE. FOR EXAMPLE, APPLICATIONS THAT PROVIDE REAL-TIME INFORMATION AND LOCATION-BASED APPLICATIONS CONNECT TO OUR NETWORK, AND SEND AND RECEIVE UPDATED INFORMATION SO THAT IT IS AVAILABLE TO YOU WHEN YOU WANT TO ACCESS IT. YOU WILL BE BILLED FOR ALL DATA TRANSPORT AND USAGE WHEN YOUR DEVICE IS CONNECTED TO OUR NETWORK, INCLUDING THAT WHICH YOU AFFIRMATIVELY INITIATE OR THAT WHICH RUNS AUTOMATICALLY IN THE BACKGROUND WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, AND WHETHER SUCCESSFUL OR NOT.

 

If you select a rate plan or additional features that include a predetermined allotment of services (for example, a predetermined amount of airtime, megabytes or text messages), unless otherwise specifically provided as part of such rate plan or feature, any unused allotment of services from one monthly period will not carry over to the next monthly period. Additional charges may apply for detailed information about your usage of services.

 

Charges for calls, messages, data or other services (such as usage when roaming on other carriers’ networks, including internationally) may occasionally be delayed. Chargeable Time begins for outgoing calls when you press SEND (or similar key) and for incoming calls when a signal connection from the caller is established with our facilities. Chargeable Time ends after you press END (or similar key), but not until your wireless telephone's signal of call disconnect is received by our facilities and the call disconnect signal has been confirmed. All outgoing calls for which we receive answer supervision or which have at least 30 seconds of Chargeable Time, including ring time, shall incur a minimum of one minute airtime charge. Answer supervision is generally received when a call is answered; however, answer supervision may also be generated by voicemail systems, private branch exchanges, and interexchange switching equipment. Chargeable Time may include time for us to recognize that only one party has disconnected from the call, time to clear the channels in use, and ring time. Chargeable Time may also occur from other uses of our facilities, including by way of example, voicemail deposits and retrievals, and call transfers. Calls that begin in one rate period and end in another rate period may be billed in their entirety at the rates for the period in which the call began.

 

DATA: Our wireless data network is a shared resource, which we manage for the benefit of all of its customers so that they can enjoy a consistent, high-quality mobile broadband experience and a broad range of mobile Internet services, applications and content. However, certain activities and uses of the network by an individual customer or small group of customers can negatively impact the use and enjoyment of the network by others. Therefore, certain activities and uses of wireless data service are permitted and others are prohibited.

 

Permitted Data Activities: Our wireless data services are intended to be used for the following permitted activities: (i) web browsing; (ii) email; and (iii) intranet access if permitted by your rate plan; (iv) uploading and downloading applications and content to and from the Internet or third-party application stores, and (v) using applications and content without excessively contributing to network congestion. You agree to use wireless data services only for these permitted activities.

 

Prohibited Data Activities: Our wireless data services are not intended to be used in any manner which has any of the following effects and such use is prohibited if it: (a) conflicts with applicable law, (b) hinders other customers’ access to the wireless network, (c) compromises network security or capacity, (d) excessively and disproportionately contributes to network congestion, (e) adversely impacts network service levels or legitimate data flows, (f) degrades network performance, (g) causes harm to the network or other customers, (h) is resold either alone or as part of any other good or service, (i) tethers a wireless device to a computing device (such as a computer, Smartphone, eBook or eReader, media player, laptop, or other devices with similar functions) through use of connection kits, applications, devices or accessories (using wired or wireless technology) and you have not subscribed to a specific data plan designed for this purpose, or (j) there is a specific data plan required for a particular use and you have not subscribed to that plan. In addition, the following specific uses of wireless data service are prohibited: (i) Wireless data services may not be used in any manner that defeats, obstructs or penetrates, or attempts to defeat, obstruct or penetrate the security measures of our wireless network or systems, or another entity’s network or systems; that accesses, or attempts to access without authority, the accounts of others; or that adversely affects the ability of other people or systems to use either our wireless services or other parties’ Internet-based resources. For example, this includes, but is not limited to, malicious software or “malware” that is designed, intentionally or unintentionally, to infiltrate a network or computer system such as spyware, worms, Trojan horses, rootkits, and/or crimeware; “denial of service” attacks against a network host or individual user; and “spam” or unsolicited commercial or bulk email (or activities that have the effect of facilitating unsolicited commercial email or unsolicited bulk e-mail); (ii) Wireless data services may not be used in any manner that has the effect of excessively contributing to network congestion, hindering other customers’ access to the network, or degrading network performance by maintaining a sustained and continuous wireless data service connection or active wireless Internet connection. For example, this includes, but is not limited to, server devices or host computer applications such as continuous Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, or automated machine-to-machine connections; “auto-responders,” “cancel-bots,” or similar automated or manual routines that generate excessive amounts of traffic or that disrupt user groups or email use by others; use of the service as a substitute or backup for private lines or full-time or dedicated data connections; peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing services; and software or other devices that maintain continuous active Internet connections when a connection would otherwise be idle or any “keep alive” functions, unless they adhere to AT&T data retry requirements (as may be modified from time to time); (iii) Wireless data services also may not be used with high bandwidth applications, services and content that are not optimized to work with our wireless data services and, therefore disproportionately and excessively contribute to network congestion. This includes, but is not limited to, redirecting television signals for viewing on computing devices, web broadcasting, and/or the operation of servers, telemetry devices, or supervisory control and data acquisition devices, unless they meet our wireless data services optimization requirements. You agree not to use wireless data services for any of these prohibited activities.

 

If you use wireless data services in any manner that is prohibited, we have the right to take any and all actions necessary to enforce the prohibition, including (a) modifying, without advance notice, the permitted and prohibited activities, and the optimization requirements for your wireless data services; (b) engaging in any reasonable network management practice to enhance customer service, to reduce network congestion, to adapt to advances and changes in technology, and/or to respond to the availability of wireless bandwidth and spectrum; (c) reducing your data throughput speeds at any time or place if your data usage exceeds an applicable, identified usage threshold. We will provide you with notice of the usage threshold applicable to your rate plan or data plan by such means as AT&T determines to be most practicable; (d) using reasonable methods to monitor and collect customer usage information to better optimize the operation of the network. Details concerning the information that AT&T collects about its customers, and how it uses and protects that information are addressed in the AT&T Privacy Policy (see att.com/privacy); (e) we may interrupt, suspend, cancel or terminate your wireless data services without advance notice.

 

DISPUTES: WITHIN 100 DAYS OF THE DATE OF ANY EVENT GIVING RISE TO A DISPUTE, YOU MUST NOTIFY US IN WRITING AT AT&T BILL DISPUTE, 1025 LENOX PARK BLVD., ATLANTA, GA 30319 ("AT&T’S ADDRESS") OF SUCH DISPUTE, INCLUDING A DISPUTE OVER ANY CHARGES AND ANY SERVICE WE PROVIDED, OR YOU WILL HAVE WAIVED YOUR RIGHT TO DISPUTE THE CHARGE OR SUCH SERVICES AND TO BRING, OR PARTICIPATE IN, ANY LEGAL ACTION RAISING ANY SUCH DISPUTE.

 

DEVICE: The wireless phone, mobile hotspot, tablets or other device assigned to your account ("Device") must be compatible with, and not interfere with, our service, and must comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations. We may periodically program your Device remotely with system settings for roaming service, to direct your Device to use network services most appropriate for your typical usage, and other features that cannot be changed manually. Devices purchased for use on AT&T’s systems are designed for use only on AT&T’s network ("Equipment") and may not function on other wireless networks. Equipment is sold exclusively for use with GoPhone service and may not be resold. By purchasing such Equipment you agree to activate and use it on GoPhone service. You also agree that you will not make, nor will you assist others to make, any modifications to the Equipment or programming to enable the Equipment to operate on any other system. AT&T may, at its sole and absolute discretion, modify the programming to enable the operation of the Equipment on other systems. You understand and acknowledge that the Equipment is sold solely for use with AT&T’s GoPhone service and that AT&T will be significantly damaged if you use or assist others to use the Equipment for any other purpose. You agree not to take any action to circumvent limits on the quantity of Equipment that may be purchased. You will be liable to AT&T for any damages resulting from the conduct prohibited in this section. You are solely responsible for complying with U.S. Export Control laws and regulations and the import laws and regulations of foreign countries when traveling internationally with your Equipment.

 

PURCHASES AND AUTHORITY TO USE: Your Device can be used to purchase goods and services including ring tones, graphics, games or news alerts (including subscription plans) from AT&T or elsewhere from third parties ("Goods, Content, and Services"). Goods, Content, and Services may be purchased directly with any Device assigned to your account or on-line. Data transport charges are also incurred in the purchase of Goods, Content, and Services. Unless you have a data feature, in which case you will be billed according to your data feature, you will be charged at the standard per kilobyte charge for the Goods, Content, and Services transport when delivered. You have full-time access to your Goods, Content, and Services transaction history on our website. You are responsible for all Devices containing a SIM assigned to your account. Except as otherwise provided in this Agreement, if such Device is used by others to purchase Goods, Content, and Services, you are responsible for all such purchases and all associated charges. You are giving those other users your authority 1) to order Goods, Content, and Services from the Device, including subscription services, and to incur charges for those Goods, Content, and Services, and 2) to give any consent required for those Goods, Content, and Services, including the consent to use that user’s location information to deliver customized information to that user’s Device, or to make any representation required for those Goods, Content, and Services, including a representation of the user’s age, if requested. Usage by others can be restricted by use of parental controls or similar features. Visit our website to learn more.

 

LOCATION-BASED SERVICES: AT&T collects information about the approximate location of your Device in relation to our cell towers and the Global Positioning System (GPS). We use that information, as well as other usage and performance information also obtained from our network and your Device, to provide you with wireless voice and data services, and to maintain and improve our network and the quality of your wireless experience. We may also use location information to create aggregate data from which your personally identifiable information has been removed or obscured. Such aggregate data may be used for a variety of purposes such as scientific and marketing research and services such as vehicle traffic volume monitoring. It is your responsibility to notify users on your account that we may collect and use location information from Devices.

 

Your Device is also capable of using optional Content at your request or the request of a user on your account, offered by AT&T or third parties that make use of a Device's location information ("Location-Based Services"). Please review the terms and conditions and the associated privacy policy for each Location-Based Service to learn how the location information will be used and protected. For more information on Location-Based Services, please visit att.com/privacy.

 

AT&T 411 INFO: Our directory assistance service (411) may use the location of a Device to deliver relevant customized 411 information based upon the user's request for a listing or other 411 service. By using this directory assistance service, the user is consenting to our use of that user's location information for such purpose. This location information may be disclosed to a third party to perform the directory assistance service and for no other purpose. Such location information will be retained only as long as is necessary to provide the relevant customized 411 information and will be discarded after such use. Please see our privacy policy at att.com/privacy for additional details.

 

LOST OR STOLEN PHONES: If your Device is lost or stolen, you must contact us immediately to report the Device lost or stolen. If your Device is lost or stolen, you will be responsible for all charges incurred on your phone number until you report the theft or loss. You can report your Device as lost or stolen and suspend service without a charge by contacting us. After you report the theft or loss to us, you remain responsible for complying with your other obligations under this Agreement including, but not limited to, payment of any monthly service fees. We and you have a duty to act in good faith and in a reasonable and responsible manner , including in connection with the loss or theft of your Device.

 

DISHONORED CHECKS AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS: We will charge you up to $30 (depending on applicable law) for any check or other instrument (including credit card charge backs) returned unpaid for any reason.

 

CHANGES TO TERMS AND RATES: We may change any terms, conditions, plans, rates, fees, expenses, or charges regarding your service at any time. We will provide you with notice of such changes (other than changes to governmental fees, proportional charges for governmental mandates, roamer rates or administrative charges) by such means as AT&T determines to be most practicable, including playing a recorded message when you attempt to place a call or attempt to add funds to your account, sending written notice to the address provided at the time of activation, sending an SMS message or email to your device, or by such other means as AT&T may determine. You understand and agree that State and Federal Universal Service Fees and other governmentally imposed fees, whether or not assessed directly upon you, may be increased based upon the government’s or our calculations. IF WE INCREASE THE PRICE OF ANY OF THE SERVICES TO WHICH YOU SUBSCRIBE, AS SUCH PRICES ARE SET FORTH IN YOUR RATE PLAN BROCHURE, OR IF WE MATERIALLY DECREASE THE GEOGRAPHICAL AREA IN WHICH YOUR AIRTIME RATE APPLIES (OTHER THAN A TEMPORARY DECREASE FOR REPAIRS OR MAINTENANCE), WE WILL DISCLOSE THE CHANGE IN ADVANCE. If you lose your eligibility for a particular rate plan, we may change your rate plan to one for which you qualify.

 

TERMINATION: Either party may terminate this Agreement (which will terminate the provision of GoPhone services) at any time on advance notice to the other party. Funds deposited into your account via any method will not be refunded. AT&T may terminate this Agreement at any time without notice if we cease to provide GoPhone service in your area. We may interrupt or terminate your service without notice for any conduct that we believe violates this Agreement, GoPhone Plan Terms or any terms and conditions of your rate plan, or if you behave in an abusive, derogatory or similarly unreasonable manner with any of our representatives, or if you fail to make all required payments when due or if we have reasonable cause to believe that your Device is being used for an unlawful purpose or in a way that may adversely affect our service. If you have more than one account with us, you must keep all accounts in good standing to maintain service. If one account is past due or over its limit, all accounts in your name are subject to interruption or termination and all other available collection remedies. Any provision of this Agreement which by its context is intended to apply after termination of the Agreement will survive termination, including, but not limited to, any restrictions on the use of Devices or Equipment.

 

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Unless prohibited by law, the following limitations of liability apply. Service may be interrupted, delayed, or otherwise limited for a variety of reasons, including environmental conditions, unavailability of radio frequency channels, system capacity, priority access by National Security and Emergency Preparedness personnel in the event of a disaster or emergency, coordination with other systems, equipment modifications and repairs, and problems with the facilities of interconnecting carriers. We may block access to certain categories of numbers (e.g., 976, 900, and international destinations) at our sole discretion.

 

Additional hardware, software, subscription, credit or debit card, Internet access from your compatible PC and/or special network connection may be required and you are solely responsible for arranging for or obtaining all such requirements. Some solutions may require third party products and/or services, which are subject to any applicable third party terms and conditions and may require separate purchase from and/or agreement with the third party provider. AT&T is not responsible for any consequential damages caused in any way by the preceding hardware, software or other items/requirements for which you are responsible.

 

Not all plans or services are available for purchase or use in all sales channels, in all areas or with all devices. AT&T is not responsible for loss or disclosure of any sensitive information you transmit. AT&T's wireless services are not equivalent to wireline Internet. AT&T is not responsible for nonproprietary services or their effects on devices.

 

We may, but do not have the obligation to, refuse to transmit any information through the services and may screen and delete information prior to delivery of that information to you. There are gaps in service within the services areas shown on coverage maps, which, by their nature, are only approximations of actual coverage.

 

WE DO NOT GUARANTEE YOU UNINTERRUPTED SERVICE OR COVERAGE. WE CANNOT ASSURE YOU THAT IF YOU PLACE A 911 CALL YOU WILL BE FOUND. AIRTIME AND OTHER SERVICE CHARGES APPLY TO ALL CALLS, INCLUDING INVOLUNTARILY TERMINATED CALLS. AT&T MAKES NO WARRANTY, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, SUITABILITY, ACCURACY, SECURITY, OR PERFORMANCE REGARDING ANY SERVICES, SOFTWARE OR GOODS, AND IN NO EVENT SHALL AT&T BE LIABLE, WHETHER OR NOT DUE TO ITS OWN NEGLIGENCE, for any:

(a) act or omission of a third party;

(b) mistakes, omissions, interruptions, errors, failures to transmit, delays, or defects in the Services or Software provided by or through us;

(c) damage or injury caused by the use of services, software, or Device, including use in a vehicle;

(d) claims against you by third parties;

(e) damage or injury caused by a suspension or termination of services or software by AT&T; or

(f) damage or injury caused by failure or delay in connecting a call to 911 or any other emergency service.

 

Notwithstanding the foregoing, if your service is interrupted for 24 or more continuous hours by a cause within our control, we will issue you, upon request, a credit equal to a pro-rata adjustment of any recurring charge (if applicable) for the time period your service was unavailable, not to exceed the charges collected for the period of interruption, or an extension of the expiration period. Our liability to you for service failures is limited solely to the credit set forth above.

 

Unless prohibited by law, AT&T isn’t liable for any indirect, special, punitive, incidental or consequential losses or damages you or any third party may suffer by use of, or inability to use, services, software, or Devices provided by or through AT&T, including loss of business or goodwill, revenue or profits, or claims of personal injuries.

 

To the full extent allowed by law, you hereby release, indemnify, and hold AT&T and its officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from and against any and all claims of any person or entity for damages of any nature arising in any way from or relating to, directly or indirectly, service provided by AT&T or any person's use thereof (including, but not limited to, vehicular damage and personal injury), INCLUDING CLAIMS ARISING IN WHOLE OR IN PART FROM THE ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE OF AT&T, or any violation by you of this Agreement. This obligation shall survive termination of your service with AT&T. AT&T is not liable to you for changes in operation, equipment, or technology that cause your Device or Software to be rendered obsolete or require modification.

 

SOME STATES, INCLUDING THE STATE OF KANSAS, DON’T ALLOW DISCLAIMERS OF IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR LIMITS ON REMEDIES FOR BREACH. THEREFORE, THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. THIS AGREEMENT GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU MAY HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.

 

ACCOUNT ACCESS: You authorize us to provide information about and to make changes to your account, including adding new service, upon the direction of any person able to provide information we deem sufficient to identify you. You consent to the use by us or our authorized agents of regular mail, predictive or autodialing equipment, email, text messaging, facsimile or other reasonable means to contact you to advise you about our services or other matters we believe may be of interest to you. In any event, we reserve the right to contact you by any means regarding customer service-related notifications, or other such information. An account password will be assigned to you. In order to protect the security of your account, you should change this password as soon as possible after your account is activated. If you do not change your password, your account may not be secure.

 

VOICEMAIL SERVICE: Unless you subscribe to a rate plan that includes unlimited calling, airtime charges apply to calls to your voicemail service, including calls where the caller does not leave a message, because the call has been completed, calls to listen to, send, reply to, or forward messages, or to perform other activities with your voicemail service, including calls forwarded from other phones to your voicemail service. You are solely responsible for establishing and maintaining security passwords to protect against unauthorized use of your voicemail service. For information as to the number of voicemail messages you can store, when voicemail messages will be deleted, and other voicemail features, see att.com/wirelessvoicemail. We reserve the right to change the number of voicemails you can store, the length you can store voicemail messages, when we delete voicemail messages, and other voicemail features without notice. We may deactivate your voicemail service if you do not initialize it within a reasonable period after activation. We will reactivate the service upon your request.

 

DISPUTE RESOLUTION BY BINDING ARBITRATION:

 

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY. IT AFFECTS YOUR RIGHTS.

 

Summary:
Most customer concerns can be resolved quickly and to the customer's satisfaction by calling our customer service department at 1-800-331-0500. In the unlikely event that AT&T's customer service department is unable to resolve a complaint you may have to your satisfaction (or if AT&T has not been able to resolve a dispute it has with you after attempting to do so informally), we each agree to resolve those disputes through binding arbitration or small claims court instead of in courts of general jurisdiction. Arbitration is more informal than a lawsuit in court. Arbitration uses a neutral arbitrator instead of a judge or jury, allows for more limited discovery than in court, and is subject to very limited review by courts. Arbitrators can award the same damages and relief that a court can award. Any arbitration under this Agreement will take place on an individual basis; class arbitrations and class actions are not permitted. For any non-frivolous claim that does not exceed $75,000, AT&T will pay all costs of the arbitration. Moreover, in arbitration you are entitled to recover attorneys' fees from AT&T to at least the same extent as you would be in court.

 

In addition, under certain circumstances (as explained below), AT&T will pay you more than the amount of the arbitrator's award and will pay your attorney (if any) twice his or her reasonable attorneys' fees if the arbitrator awards you an amount that is greater than what AT&T has offered you to settle the dispute.

 

ARBITRATION AGREEMENT

(1) AT&T and you agree to arbitrate all disputes and claims between us. This agreement to arbitrate is intended to be broadly interpreted. It includes, but is not limited to:

  •     •    claims arising out of or relating to any aspect of the relationship between us, whether based in contract, tort, statute, fraud, misrepresentation or any other legal theory;
  •     •    claims that arose before this or any prior Agreement (including, but not limited to, claims relating to advertising);
  •     •    claims that are currently the subject of purported class action litigation in which you are not a member of a certified class; and
  •     •    claims that may arise after the termination of this Agreement.

 

References to "AT&T," "you," and "us" include our respective subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, employees, predecessors in interest, successors, and assigns, as well as all authorized or unauthorized users or beneficiaries of services or Devices under this or prior Agreements between us. Notwithstanding the foregoing, either party may bring an individual action in small claims court. This arbitration agreement does not preclude you from bringing issues to the attention of federal, state, or local agencies, including, for example, the Federal Communications Commission. Such agencies can, if the law allows, seek relief against us on your behalf. You agree that, by entering into this Agreement, you and AT&T are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate in a class action. This Agreement evidences a transaction in interstate commerce, and thus the Federal Arbitration Act governs the interpretation and enforcement of this provision. This arbitration provision shall survive termination of this Agreement.

 

(2) A party who intends to seek arbitration must first send to the other, by certified mail, a written Notice of Dispute ("Notice"). The Notice to AT&T should be addressed to: Office for Dispute Resolution, AT&T, 1025 Lenox Park Blvd., Atlanta, GA 30319 ("Notice Address"). The Notice must (a) describe the nature and basis of the claim or dispute; and (b) set forth the specific relief sought ("Demand"). If AT&T and you do not reach an agreement to resolve the claim within 30 days after the Notice is received, you or AT&T may commence an arbitration proceeding. During the arbitration, the amount of any settlement offer made by AT&T or you shall not be disclosed to the arbitrator until after the arbitrator determines the amount, if any, to which you or AT&T is entitled. You may download or copy a form Notice and a form to initiate arbitration at att.com/arbitration-forms.

 

(3) After AT&T receives notice at the Notice Address that you have commenced arbitration, it will promptly reimburse you for your payment of the filing fee, unless your claim is for greater than $75,000. (The filing fee currently is $125 for claims under $10,000 but is subject to change by the arbitration provider. If you are unable to pay this fee, AT&T will pay it directly upon receiving a written request at the Notice Address.) The arbitration will be governed by the Commercial Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (collectively, "AAA Rules") of the American Arbitration Association ("AAA"), as modified by this Agreement, and will be administered by the AAA. The AAA Rules are available online at adr.org, by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879, or by writing to the Notice Address. (You may obtain information that is designed for non-lawyers about the arbitration process at att.com/arbitration-information.) The arbitrator is bound by the terms of this Agreement. All issues are for the arbitrator to decide, except that issues relating to the scope and enforceability of the arbitration provision are for the court to decide. Unless AT&T and you agree otherwise, any arbitration hearings will take place in the county (or parish) of your billing address. If your claim is for $10,000 or less, we agree that you may choose whether the arbitration will be conducted solely on the basis of documents submitted to the arbitrator, through a telephonic hearing, or by an in-person hearing as established by the AAA Rules. If your claim exceeds $10,000, the right to a hearing will be determined by the AAA Rules. Regardless of the manner in which the arbitration is conducted, the arbitrator shall issue a reasoned written decision sufficient to explain the essential findings and conclusions on which the award is based. Except as otherwise provided for herein, AT&T will pay all AAA filing, administration, and arbitrator fees for any arbitration initiated in accordance with the notice requirements above. If, however, the arbitrator finds that either the substance of your claim or the relief sought in the Demand is frivolous or brought for an improper purpose (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)), then the payment of all such fees will be governed by the AAA Rules. In such case, you agree to reimburse AT&T for all monies previously disbursed by it that are otherwise your obligation to pay under the AAA Rules. In addition, if you initiate an arbitration in which you seek more than $75,000 in damages, the payment of these fees will be governed by the AAA rules.

 

(4) If, after finding in your favor in any respect on the merits of your claim, the arbitrator issues you an award that is greater than the value of AT&T's last written settlement offer made before an arbitrator was selected, then AT&T will:

 

  •     •    pay you the amount of the award or $10,000 ("the alternative payment"), whichever is greater; and
  •     •    pay your attorney, if any, twice the amount of attorneys' fees, and reimburse any expenses (including expert witness fees and costs) that your attorney reasonably accrues for
            investigating, preparing, and pursuing your claim in arbitration ("the attorney premium").

 

If AT&T did not make a written offer to settle the dispute before an arbitrator was selected, you and your attorney will be entitled to receive the alternative payment and the attorney premium, respectively, if the arbitrator awards you any relief on the merits. The arbitrator may make rulings and resolve disputes as to the payment and reimbursement of fees, expenses, and the alternative payment and the attorney premium at any time during the proceeding and upon request from either party made within 14 days of the arbitrator's ruling on the merits.

 

(5) The right to attorneys' fees and expenses discussed in paragraph (4) supplements any right to attorneys' fees and expenses you may have under applicable law. Thus, if you would be entitled to a larger amount under the applicable law, this provision does not preclude the arbitrator from awarding you that amount. However, you may not recover duplicative awards of attorneys' fees or costs. Although under some laws AT&T may have a right to an award of attorneys' fees and expenses if it prevails in an arbitration, AT&T agrees that it will not seek such an award.

 

(6) The arbitrator may award declaratory or injunctive relief only in favor of the individual party seeking relief and only to the extent necessary to provide relief warranted by that party's individual claim. YOU AND AT&T AGREE THAT EACH MAY BRING CLAIMS AGAINST THE OTHER ONLY IN YOUR OR ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY, AND NOT AS A PLAINTIFF OR CLASS MEMBER IN ANY PURPORTED CLASS OR REPRESENTATIVE PROCEEDING. Further, unless both you and AT&T agree otherwise, the arbitrator may not consolidate more than one person's claims, and may not otherwise preside over any form of a representative or class proceeding. If this specific provision is found to be unenforceable, then the entirety of this arbitration provision shall be null and void.

 

MISCELLANEOUS: This Agreement, any applicable rate summary sheet, the terms included in the rate brochure(s) describing your plan and services, terms of service for products and services not otherwise described in this Agreement or the brochure that are posted on an AT&T website and any documents expressly referred to herein or therein, make up the complete agreement between you and AT&T, and supersede any and all prior agreements and understandings relating to the subject matter of this Agreement. If any provision of this Agreement is found to be unenforceable by a court or agency of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect. The foregoing does not apply to the prohibition against class or representative actions that is part of the arbitration clause; if that prohibition is found to be unenforceable, the arbitration clause (but only the arbitration clause) shall be null and void. AT&T may assign this Agreement, but you may not assign this Agreement without our prior written consent. In the event of a dispute between us, the law of the state of your address of record on your account at the time the dispute is commenced, whether in litigation or arbitration, shall govern except to the extent that such law is preempted by or inconsistent with applicable federal law. Your caller identification information (such as your name and phone number) may be displayed on the equipment or bill of the person receiving your call; technical limitations may, in some circumstances, prevent you from blocking the transmission of caller identification information. The original version of this Agreement is in the English language. Any discrepancy or conflicts between the English version and any other language version will be resolved with reference to and by interpreting the English version.

 

Connecticut Customers/Questions About Your Service: If you have any questions or concerns about your service, please call Customer Care at: 1-800-331-0500, dial 611 from your wireless phone or visit att.com/wireless. If you are a Connecticut customer and we cannot resolve your issue, you have the option of contacting the Department of Public Utility Control (DPUC): Online: www.state.ct.us/dpuc; Phone: 800-382-4586; Mail: Connecticut DPUC, 10 Franklin Square, New Britain, CT 06051.

 

Puerto Rico Customers: If you are a Puerto Rico customer and we cannot resolve your issue, in addition to binding arbitration or small claims court, you may notify the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico of your grievance. Mail: Capital Center Building, Tower II, 235 Avenida Arterial Hostos Suite 1001, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-1453; Phone: 787-756-0804 or 1-866-578-5500; Online: www.jrtpr.gobierno.pr.

 

Lifeline Services: As part of federal government program, AT&T offers discounted wireless service to qualified low income residents in selected states. For questions or to apply for Lifeline service, call 1-800-377-9450. Puerto Rico customers should contact 1-787-405-5463.

 

For tips on how to protect against fraud, please visit the CPUC’s website at, www.CalPhoneInfo.com

 

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