T-Mobile USA has decided to step forward and press charges against Starbucks, the internationally infamous coffee and coffeehouse chain, claiming that they secretly colluded with AT&T to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access in its cafes.
The problem with this is that T-Mobile and Starbucks had already made an exclusive agreement for this matter, with T-Mobile already providing these services.
T-Mobile admits that there was a transition deal in place between Starbucks, AT&T and themselves, but they are alleging that the other companies are not living up to the proposed agreement over how Starbucks should transfer from its T-Mobile partnership to a new partnership with AT&T announced earlier this year.
T-Mobile had been exclusively providing Wi-Fi service at the Starbucks locations since 2002, and after filing a 12-page complaint Thursday, T-Mobile said publicly that “The conduct of Starbucks has caused T-Mobile monetary damages, and such damages will continue should Starbucks continue its breaching conduct”.
The amount of proposed damages and legal fees is unspecified, but an order is also included in the legal filing to prevent Starbucks from further breaching the transition agreement that was decided among the three involved companies.
To T-Mobile’s claim that they secretly developed a promotional plan with AT&T with which they would still offer “free” AT&T/Starbucks Wi-Fi even in store that were still reliant on T-Mobile’s infrastructure, Starbucks responded back stating that “Our goal is to ensure Wi-Fi access at all Starbucks locations. This is a benefit offered to our Starbucks Card Rewards members as well as AT&T subscribers and steps are being taken to ensure that this access continues”.
T-Mobile is seeking financial restitution for the unfair competition Starbucks has apparently created, and it will definitely be interesting to see what sort of agreement comes about here. We will be staying right on top of this story and letting you know when any new information becomes available to us.
Via: Yahoo! News
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