Summary Box: AT&T scotches appeal on data plan

QUITTING: AT&T Inc. is giving up its appeal of an $850 award won by an iPhone user in small claims court. The company didn’t elaborate on its reasoning.

IN THE MAIL: It’s sending him a check for that amount, plus $85 for court costs.

THE CASE: Matt Spaccarelli had sued because AT&T was slowing down the data service on his phone. Spaccarelli has an “unlimited data” plan, but AT&T had begun slowing download speeds for these subscribers if they use more than a certain amount in a month. Spaccarelli argued that “unlimited is unlimited,” and a judge agreed.