By checking "I have read and agree to the service agreement", you will be bound to the
following for a two-year term (renewable in accordance with the Terms of Service); provided, however, with respect to a SIM card only purchase you will have no Service Commitment:
1) The Terms of Service, including the binding arbitration clause (below)
2) The "Plan Terms" and other information regarding your voice and data rate plans contained on
the service plan pages; and
3) The terms and conditions and other information regarding features provided on the page where
you selected your features.
If buying an iPhone, you agree that use of the iPhone acts as an acceptance of the Apple and
third party terms and conditions included with the iPhone.
SERVICE COMMITMENT / EARLY TERMINATION FEE
Your Service Commitment begins on the day we activate your service. You have received certain
benefits from us in exchange for any Service Commitment greater than one month. If we terminate
your service for nonpayment or other default before the end of the Service Commitment, or if
you terminate your service for any reason other than (a) in accordance with the cancellation
policy; or (b) pursuant to a change of terms, conditions or rates as set forth below, you agree
to pay us with respect to each device identifier or telephone number assigned to you, in
addition to all other amounts owed, an Early Termination Fee in the amount specified below
("Early Termination Fee"). If your Service Commitment includes the purchase of certain
specified Equipment on or after June 1, 2010, the Early Termination Fee will be $325 minus $10
for each full month of your Service Commitment that you complete. (For a complete list of the
specified Equipment, check www.att.com/equipmentETF). Otherwise,
your Early Termination Fee will be $150 minus $4 for each full month of your Service Commitment
that you complete. The Early Termination Fee is not a penalty, but rather a charge to
compensate us for your failure to satisfy the Service Commitment on which your rate plan is
based.AFTER YOUR SERVICE COMMITMENT, THIS AGREEMENT SHALL AUTOMATICALLY RENEW ON A
MONTH-TO-MONTH BASIS UNTIL EITHER PARTY GIVES NOTICE PURSUANT TO THE TERMINATION PROVISION
CANCELLATION PERIOD / TERMINATION
You may terminate this Agreement within thirty (30) days after activating service
without paying an Early Termination Fee. You will pay for service fees and charges incurred
through the termination date, but AT&T will refund your activation fee, if any, if you
terminate within three (3) days of activating the service. You may have to return any handsets
and accessories purchased with this Agreement, and AT&T may charge you a restocking fee. If
you terminate after the 30th day but before expiration of the Agreement's Service Commitment,
you will pay AT&T an Early Termination Fee for each wireless telephone number associated
with the service. Either party may terminate this Agreement at any time after your Service
Commitment ends with thirty (30) days notice to the other party. We may terminate this
Agreement at any time without notice if we cease to provide service in your area. We may
interrupt or terminate your service without notice for any conduct that we believe violates
this Agreement 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 we discover
that you are underage, 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, or if you provided inaccurate credit information or we
believe your credit has deteriorated and you refuse to pay any requested advance payment or
CHARGES AND DISPUTES
You are responsible for paying all charges for or resulting from services provided under this
Agreement. You will receive monthly bills that are due in full as shown thereon. YOU MUST,
WITHIN 100 DAYS OF THE DATE OF THE BILL, NOTIFY US IN WRITING AT AT&T, BILL DISPUTE, 1025
LENOX PARK., ATLANTA, GA 30319 ("AT&T'S ADDRESS") OF ANY DISPUTE YOU HAVE WITH RESPECT TO
THE BILL, INCLUDING ANY CHARGES ON THE BILL AND ANY SERVICE WE PROVIDED FOR WHICH YOU WERE
BILLED, OR YOU WILL HAVE WAIVED YOUR RIGHT TO DISPUTE THE BILL OR SUCH SERVICES AND TO BRING,
OR PARTICIPATE IN, ANY LEGAL ACTION RAISING ANY SUCH DISPUTE. Charges include, without
limitation, airtime, roaming, recurring monthly service, activation, administrative, and late
payment charges; regulatory cost recovery and other surcharges; optional feature charges; toll,
collect call and directory assistance charges; restoral and reactivation charges; any other
charges or calls billed to your phone number; and applicable taxes and governmental fees,
whether assessed directly upon you or upon AT&T. To determine your primary place of use
("PPU") and which jurisdiction's taxes and assessments to collect, you are required to provide
us with your residential or business street address. If you do not provide us with such
address, or if it falls outside our licensed service area, we may reasonably designate a PPU
within the licensed service area for you. Subscriber must live and have a mailing address
within AT&T's owned network coverage area.
PURCHASES AND AUTHORITY TO USE
Your AT&T phone 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 phone assigned to your account or on-line. Charges for Goods, Content, and
Services will appear on your bill. Data transport charges are also incurred in the purchase of
mobile content and such charges appear separately on your bill. Unless you have a data plan, in
which case you will be billed according to your data plan, charges will be calculated at your
default pay per use rate for the mobile content transport when delivered, generally per
kilobyte or per megabyte. You have full-time access to your Goods, Content, and Services
transaction history on our website. You are responsible for all phones and other Devices
containing a SIM assigned to your account ("Devices"). 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 those Devices, including
subscription services, and to incur charges for those Goods, Content, and Services that will
appear on your bill; 2) to give 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
Service 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
Your Device may be location-enabled meaning that the Device is capable of using optional Goods,
Content, and Services at your request or the request of a user on your account, offered by
AT&T or third parties that make use of a user's location ("Location-Based Services"), using
location technology such as Global Positioning Satellite ("GPS"), wireless network location, or
other location technology. 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. 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 services like traffic-monitoring. It is your responsibility to notify users on your
account that the Device they are using may be location-enabled. The use of certain
Location-Based Services or the disclosure of location information may be restricted by use of
parental controls or similar features. Visit our website to learn more.
AT&T 411 INFO
In some cases our directory assistance service (411) will 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
additional details about our use and protection of your personal information.
UNAUTHORIZED CHARGES TO YOUR PHONE (CALIFORNIA CUSTOMERS ONLY)
You are not liable for charges you did not authorize, but the fact that a call was placed from
your phone is evidence that the call was authorized. You may submit documents, statements and
other information to show any charges were not authorized. Unauthorized charges may include
calls made to or from your phone or other Device after it was lost or stolen. (See section "IF
YOUR PHONE IS LOST OR STOLEN.") If you notify us of any charges on your bill you claim are
unauthorized, we will investigate. We will advise you of the result of our investigation within
30 days. If you do not agree with the outcome, you may file a complaint with the California
Public Utilities Commission and you may have other legal rights. While an investigation is
underway, you do not have to pay any charges you dispute or associated late charges, and we
will not send the disputed amount to collection or file an adverse credit report about it.
UNLIMITED VOICE SERVICES
Unlimited voice services are provided solely for live dialog between two individuals. Unlimited
voice services may not be used for conference calling, call forwarding, monitoring services,
data transmissions, transmission of broadcasts, transmission of recorded material, or other
connections which do not consist of uninterrupted live dialog between two individuals. If
AT&T finds that you are using an unlimited voice service offering for other than live
dialog between two individuals, AT&T may, at its option terminate your service or change
your plan to one with no unlimited usage components. AT&T will provide notice that it
intends to take any of the above actions, and you may terminate the agreement.
If your minutes of use (including unlimited services) on other carrier networks ("off-net
usage") during any two consecutive months exceed your off-net usage allowance, AT&T may, at
its option, terminate your service, deny your continued use of other carriers' coverage or
change your plan to one imposing usage charges for off-net usage. Your off-net usage allowance
is equal to the lesser of 750 minutes or 40% of the Anytime Minutes included with your plan.
AT&T will provide notice that it intends to take any of the above actions, and you may
terminate the agreement.
BILLING AND PAYMENT
Usage and monthly fees will be billed as specified in your rate plan brochure, customer service
summary, or rate plan information online. Except as provided below, monthly service and certain
other charges are billed one month in advance, and there is no proration of such charges if
service is terminated on other than the last day of your billing cycle. Monthly service and
certain other charges are billed in arrears if you are a former customer of AT&T Wireless
and maintain uninterrupted service on select AT&T rate plans, provided, however, that in
either case, if you elect to receive your bills for your AT&T services combined with your
landline phone bill (where available) you will be billed in advance as provided above. You
agree to pay for incoming and outgoing calls, and data services sent to and from your Device.
AIRTIME AND OTHER MEASURED USAGE ("CHARGEABLE TIME") IS BILLED IN FULL-MINUTE INCREMENTS, AND
ACTUAL AIRTIME AND USAGE ARE ROUNDED UP TO THE NEXT FULL-MINUTE INCREMENT AT THE END OF EACH
CALL FOR BILLING 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
FULL-KILOBYTE INCREMENTS, AND ACTUAL TRANSPORT IS ROUNDED UP TO THE NEXT FULL-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. NETWORK OVERHEAD, SOFTWARE UPDATE REQUESTS, AND RESEND REQUESTS CAUSED BY
NETWORK ERRORS CAN INCREASE MEASURED KILOBYTES. If you select a rate plan that includes a
predetermined allotment of services (for example, a predetermined amount of airtime, megabytes
or text messages), unless otherwise specifically provided as a part of such rate plan, any
unused allotment of services from one billing cycle will not carry over to any other billing
cycle. We may bill you in a format as we determine from time to time. Additional charges may
apply for additional copies of your bill, or for detailed information about your usage of
services. Charges for usage of services on networks maintained by other carriers or on networks
acquired by AT&T after August 31, 2004, may appear on your bill after the billing cycle in
which the usage occurred. 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. If your wireless phone or other
Device is lost or stolen, you must contact us immediately to report the Device lost or stolen.
AT&T will take into account the information provided by the customer to evaluate on an
individual basis whether grounds exist for further relief. You also remain responsible for
paying your monthly service fee if your service is suspended for nonpayment. We may require
payment by money order, cashier's check, or a similarly secure form of payment at our
IF YOUR PHONE IS LOST OR STOLEN
You are not liable for charges you did not authorize, but the fact that a call was placed from
your phone is evidence that the call was authorized. (California Customers see section
"Unauthorized Charges to Your Phone.") Once you report to us that the Device is lost or stolen
you will not be responsible for subsequent charges incurred by that Device. You can report your
Device as lost or stolen and suspend service without a charge by contacting us at the phone
number listed on your bill or at wireless.att.com. If there are charges on your bill for
calls made after the Device was lost or stolen, but before you reported it to us, notify us of
the disputed charges and we will investigate. You may be asked to provide information and you
may submit information to support your claim. We will advise you of the result of our
investigation within 30 days. While your phone is suspended you will remain responsible for
complying with all other obligations under this Agreement, including, but not limited to, your
monthly fee. We and you have a duty to act in good faith 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 $30 or the highest amount allowed by law, whichever is less, for any check
or other instrument (including credit card chargebacks) tendered by you and returned unpaid by
a financial institution for any reason. You agree to reimburse us the fees of any collection
agency, which may be based on a percentage at a maximum of 33% of the debt, and all costs and
expenses, including reasonable attorneys' fees, we incur in such collection efforts.
CHANGES TO TERMS AND RATES
We may change any terms, conditions, 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, roaming rates or
administrative charges) either in your monthly bill or separately. 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, BEYOND
THE LIMITS 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 AT LEAST ONE BILLING CYCLE IN ADVANCE (EITHER THROUGH
A NOTICE WITH YOUR BILL, A TEXT MESSAGE TO YOUR DEVICE, OR OTHERWISE), AND YOU MAY TERMINATE
THIS AGREEMENT WITHOUT PAYING AN EARLY TERMINATION FEE OR RETURNING OR PAYING FOR ANY
PROMOTIONAL ITEMS, PROVIDED YOUR NOTICE OF TERMINATION IS DELIVERED TO US WITHIN THIRTY (30)
DAYS AFTER THE FIRST BILL REFLECTING THE CHANGE. If you lose your eligibility for a particular
rate plan, we may change your rate plan to one for which you qualify.
You may receive or be eligible for certain rate plans, discounts, features, promotions, and
other benefits ("Benefits") through a business or government customer's agreement with us
("Business Agreement"). Any and all such Benefits are provided to you solely as a result of the
corresponding Business Agreement, and such Benefits may be modified or terminated without
notice. If a business or government entity pays your charges or is otherwise liable for the
charges, you authorize us to share your account information with that entity and/or its
authorized agents. If you are on a rate plan and/or receive certain Benefits tied to a Business
Agreement with us, but you are liable for your own charges, then you authorize us to share
enough account information with that entity and/or its authorized agents to verify your
continuing eligibility for those Benefits and/or that rate plan. You may receive Benefits
because of your agreement to have the charges for your service, billed ("Joint Billing") by a
landline company affiliated with AT&T ("Affiliate") or because you subscribe to certain
services provided by an Affiliate. If you cancel Joint Billing or the Affiliate service your
rates will be adjusted without notice to a rate plan for which you qualify.
Your 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 system are designed for use exclusively on AT&T's system
("Equipment"). You agree that you will not 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 Device on other
systems. You can get details on AT&T policies for modifying Equipment by calling
If you bought a phone from AT&T, your phone may have been programmed with a SIM lock which will prevent the phone from operating with other compatible wireless telephone carriers' services. If you wish to use the SIM-locked phone with the service of another wireless telephone carrier, you must enter a numeric Unlock Code to unlock the phone. AT&T will provide the Unlock Code upon request to eligible current and former customers, provided that (1) the customer has completed a minimum of 90 days of active service with AT&T, is in good standing with AT&T and is current in his or her payments at the time of the request; (2) if applicable, any period of exclusivity associated with AT&T's sale of the handset has expired; and (3) AT&T has such code or can reasonably obtain it from the manufacturer. For phones sold with a Prepaid Plan, AT&T will provide the Unlock Code upon request to eligible current and former customers who provide a detailed receipt or other proof of purchase of the phone. iPhone and certain other devices are not eligible to be unlocked. For further details on eligibility requirements and for assistance on obtaining the Unlock Code for your handset, please call 1-800-331-0500 or visit an AT&T company store.
ADVANCE PAYMENTS AND/OR DEPOSITS
We may require you to make deposits or advance payments for services, which we may offset
against any unpaid balance on your account. Interest will not be paid on advance payments or
deposits unless required by law. We may require additional advance payments or deposits if we
determine that the initial payment was inadequate. Based on your creditworthiness as we
determine it, we may establish a credit limit and restrict service or features. If your account
balance goes beyond the limit we set for you, we may immediately interrupt or suspend service
until your balance is brought below the limit. Any charges you incur in excess of your limit
become immediately due. 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
LATE PAYMENT CHARGES
Late payment charges are based on the state to which the area code of the wireless telephone
number assigned to you is assigned by the North American Numbering Plan Administration (for
area code assignments see http://www.nationalnanpa.com/area_code_maps).
You agree that for amounts not paid by the due date, AT&T may charge, as a part of its
rates and charges, and you agree to pay, a late payment fee of $5 in CT, D.C., DE, IL, KS, MA,
MD, ME, MI, MO, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, VA, VT, WI, WV; the late payment charge is 1.5% of
the balance carried forward to the next bill in all other states.
SERVICE LIMITATIONS and LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
Limitations of liability set forth herein govern unless they are prohibited by applicable law.
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. Your plan may
include the ability to make and/or receive calls while roaming internationally. Certain
eligibility restrictions apply which may be based on service tenure, payment history and/or
credit and AT&T, in its sole discretion, may block your ability to use your phone while
roaming internationally until eligibility criteria is met. International roaming rates, which
vary by country, will apply for all calls placed or received while outside the U.S., Puerto
Rico and USVI. Compatible international-capable device required. If you want to block the
ability to make and/or receive calls or use data functions while roaming internationally, dial
1-916-843-4685. When outside the U.S., Puerto Rico and USVI, you will be charged normal
international roaming airtime when incoming calls are routed to voicemail, even if no message
is left. For more information and for a list of currently available countries and carriers go
to att.com/wirelessinternational. Many devices
including iPhone transmit and receive data messages without user intervention and can generate
unexpected charges when powered "on" outside the United States, Puerto Rico and USVI. AT&T
may send "alerts" via SMS or email to notify you of data usage. These are courtesy alerts.
There is no guarantee you will receive them. They are not a guarantee of a particular bill
limit. We may, but do not have the obligation to, refuse to transmit any information through
the service and may screen and delete information prior to delivery of that information to you.
There are gaps in service within the service 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, OR PERFORMANCE REGARDING ANY SERVICES 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 service provided by or through us; (c) damage or injury caused by the use of
service 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 service 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 the monthly service fee for the time period your service was unavailable, not to
exceed the monthly service fee. Our liability to you for service failures is limited solely to
the credit set forth above. Unless applicable law precludes parties from contracting to so
limit liability, and provided such law does not discriminate against arbitration clauses,
AT&T shall not be 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, service or
Equipment 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, DO NOT 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
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.
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.
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.
(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
- 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: General Counsel, 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 www.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 http://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.
(7) Notwithstanding any provision in this Agreement to the contrary, we agree that if AT&T makes any future change to this arbitration provision (other than a change to the Notice Address) during your Service Commitment, you may reject any such change by sending us written notice within 30 days of the change to the Arbitration Notice Address provided above. By rejecting any future change, you are agreeing that you will arbitrate any dispute between us in accordance with the language of this provision.
This Agreement, the signature or 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 herein that are posted on applicable AT&T websites, 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. The law of the state of your billing address shall govern this Agreement except to the extent that such law is preempted by or inconsistent with applicable federal law. In the event of a dispute between us, the law of the state of your billing address 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 Device or bill of the person receiving your call; technical limitations may, in some circumstances, prevent you from blocking the transmission of caller identification information. 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. 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 AT&T Mobility service, please call Customer Care at 1-800-331-0500, dial 611 from your wireless phone, or visit att.com/wireless. If you have questions about the Unlimited Local or Unlimited Long Distance service, please call 1-800-288-2020 or visit att.com. 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: 1-866-381-2355; 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, you may notify the Telecommunications Regulatory Board of Puerto Rico of your grievance. Mail: 500 Ave Roberto H. Todd, (Parada 18), San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907-3941; Phone: 1-787-756-0804 or 1-866-578-5500; Online: www.jrtpr.gobierno.pr, in addition to using binding arbitration or small claims court to resolve your dispute.
As part of a 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.