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So I can't...
I guess it took T-Mobile long enough to catch these few guys but there are still tons out there.
pre-paid phones in bulk, open them,
unlock them, and then sell them at a
higher cost to unsuspecting customers."
What kind of delusion is this author under? The buyers KNOW what they are getting. They are getting an unlocked phone for less than the inflated no-contract price all carriers try to charge.
This text is making it sound like the end-users are somehow getting tricked.
But please don't presume that EVERYONE who purchased phones from them knew they were ori...
Here's the missing information
Consumers are harmed and may be misled about the source and origin of their mobile phones, and they are sold phones without their manufacturer's warranties, accessories or user manuals. Because the phones may still carry T-Mobile's brand, consumers may believe they are purchasing handsets manufactured for T-Mobile and covered by original warranties.
So basically T-Mobile won the judgement not because their phones were being purchased and resold, but because their brand was still being associated with the resold phones.
It appears to be a case of harming the brand name, which is pretty much what I figured it had to be since the buying and reselling is perfectly legal if done properly.
$10 loss to you, but about $30-50 loss to the fascist carriers. That's a good chunk (maybe even all) of your monthly bill they will lose.