T-Mobile to sue Starbucks, file Frappalawsuit


Maybe you’ve heard, maybe you haven’t, but apparently it looks as if T-Mobile is going all lawyeristic on Starbucks. Apparently, they are seeking damages due to breach of contract and unfair competition and really, it seems a bit shady in the first place. The deal originally was going to allow a transitional period over the course of a few years so that current Hotspot subscribers would still get to ride out their plans and hardware could be switched out. Markets also would be switched over individually and T-Mobile would still be able to sell and operate their network for as long as the Starbucks in those areas weren’t fully converted. Unfortunately, according to the lawsuit, T-Mobile’s infrastructure is still there yet AT&T’s free WiFi access is riding off of that hardware., and as of yet only two markets have been converted. So why on earth would this happen? Well, we know the world revolves around money, and AT&T probably offered quite a bit of it to Starbucks and they got a little carried away, hoping that T-Mobile wouldn’t notice.

I mean, honestly, why would they even attempt to breach contract if they didn’t think anyone would notice? Obviously, their actions are now going to be rewarded with a nice little lawsuit. Whoever just decided to go ahead with this ATT-using-T-Mobile-hardware business is going to have some explaining to do, and Howard Schultz [Starbucks CEO] no doubt is scrambling around trying to find a way out of this one with the legal team. Well, good luck T-Mobile… you deserve to win if someone else is using your hardware for their own benefit, it’s just not right. Take em for all the frappamochachinos you can get!

Thanks to our super mega forum poster, knytphal, for the news. There’s a forum thread started here

  • David Washington

    Thats sad. I guess more money 4 T-Mobile

  • I don’t think it’s right, but I would say it’s like pressing charges against an employer. Hopefully the issue can be resolved without releasing the proverbial hounds. They’re both money machines, let’s see where this goes.

  • Wow… that’s pretty venti!

  • Ryan

    to john smith you dont think it is right? that att is using tmos equipment to send out there info with out paying anything for it at the locations? yea so i will just go sit in your home and use your tv,,, internet… and all that with out your permision

  • Sam

    Starbucks Corp (NasdaqGS:SBUX – News), AT&T Inc (NYSE:T – News) and T-Mobile (XETRA:DTEGN.DE – News) have reached a deal to resolve T-Mobile’s claim that the coffee chain secretly colluded with AT&T to offer free Wi-Fi Internet access in its cafes despite an exclusive agreement with T-Mobile, Starbucks said in a statement on Wednesday.


  • knytphal

    Looks like Same beat me to the punch over here on the blog…I was heading over here after posting the same thing over on the forum (http://tmonews.com/forums/index.php?topic=263.msg2594#msg2594)

    So that’s good news.

  • Slow news here today…

  • john smith

    If you break into my house then yes, otherwise… I may invite you in if you ask. But then again if that tv is earing me millions of dollars a year I might not mind so much if you watched a couple of episodes of the first 48.