After AT&T nearly bungled its first major Terms of Service issue earlier this month, the company is set to go against recent FCC rulings once again with with the newest revision of the Terms of Service, updated within the last few days with this vague language:
“data sessions may be conducted only for the following purposes…(vii) software or other devices that maintain continuous active Internet connections when a computer’s connection would otherwise be idle or any “keep alive” functions, unless they adhere to AT&T’s data retry requirements, which may be changed from time to time. This means, by way of example only, that checking email, surfing the Internet, downloading legally acquired songs, and/or visiting corporate intranets is permitted, but downloading movies using P2P file sharing services, redirecting television signals for viewing on Personal Computers, web broadcasting…is prohibited.”
Taken at face value, the language can be interpreted to mean that SlingBox usage is once again prohibited as well as any sort of streaming from YouTube, video uploads or other video portals, which flies in the face of its first retraction earlier this month, and is not the harmless clarification that other, less informed sites have been proclaiming.
By wording the clause in such vague terms AT&T can decide at will what is considered appropriate from an application standpoint and has even decided to ban the forthcoming Hulu and Slingbox app with the above clause.
Because of this material change to the TOS, anyone that disagrees with it can use it as an ETF-Out with no issue, as evidenced by MechaWorks staff.
Correction: PhoneNews.com has been unsuccessful in getting AT&T to recognize this as an ETF Out. However, based on AT&T’s own interpretation of their material change policy, this is a material change to many customers. We encourage you to help by calling customer service and requesting cancellation (if this does affect you), as you do deserve your ETF be waived because of this.