Summary Box: iPhone user gets $850 in throttling

WINNINGS: An unemployed truck driver and student won $850 after taking AT&T to small claims court when it started slowing down data service for his iPhone.

RULING: A California judge says it wasn’t fair for the company to purposely slow down his iPhone, when it had sold him an “unlimited data” plan.

JUST THE BEGINNING: AT&T has some 17 million customers with “unlimited data” plans who can be subject to throttling. AT&T forbids them from consolidating their claims into a class action or taking them to a jury trial. That leaves small claims actions and arbitration.