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T-Mobile SUED For Blocking Marijuana App!

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Tisk, tisk!

The text-messaging service EZ Texting is reportedly suing T-Mobile because they allegedly blocked them over one of their clients offering SMS information on the location of medical marijuana dispensaries!

According to the lawsuit, the EZ client, WeedMaps, is a "a community where medical marijuana patients connect with other patients in their geographic region to freely discuss and review local cannabis co-operatives, dispensaries, medical doctors, and delivery services."

EZ Texting even went as far to stop providing the service, even though it's specifically for people in states where the drug is legal, but T-Mobile still dropped them!

EZ Texting Head Shane Neman says that his business is now in jeapordy, and continues:

"We were told that T-Mobile didn't approve of the Web site, which is totally legal. But we feel this is illegal blocking and that consumers have the right to send and receive any text message of their choosing."

T-Mobile has since released a statement that "the claims in the lawsuit are meritless."

If EZ texting is doing anything illegal, then we personally don't understand why they would be dropped by T-Mobile!

Granted, we can't imagine everyone who uses the application actually needs the product, but at the same time, if they have a license to buy it, how is that the responsibility of T-Mobile OR EZ Texting?

What do U think?? Is the lawsuit valid??

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10 comments to “T-Mobile SUED For Blocking Marijuana App!”

  1. 1

    T-mobile has every right to do what they for they're customers. Businesses aren't a democracy. The good thing about the free market is that if a business does something you don't like, you can take your business to another company. So for all those whiners out there, stop whining and change providers then.

  2. 2

    stefiebenson needs to smoke a joint & lighten up.

  3. 3

    Re: stefiebenson
    I don't know who T mobile thinks they are but this is the United States and I should have the freedom to sign up for any type of text messaging that I choose. Is T mobile going to start reading my text messaging and censoring what I send to my friends? When is this going to end? It sounds like what T mobile is doing is illegal.

  4. @v@ says – reply to this


    You bet the lawsuit is valid. Free market, baby. Denial of service with prejudice.

  5. car says – reply to this


    I dont know about a lawsuit, as i am no lawyer, but t-mobile is pushing it here. I use medical mary because I have chrones. I travel a lot and this app would be helpful to find a dispensery in a new area. what the hell would they hurt by allowing people to use this app. control issues t-moble????

  6. 6

    Haha well they own their company… they can block whatever they wish to block. I'm sure 'medical' mj isn't the most popular usage for the app.

  7. 7

    Just as businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone, T-Mobile has the right to block Apps they don't want on their network. Didn't Apple want to avoid porn Apps on their network? Whats any different about Apple blocking porn and T-Mobile blocking the pot? Nothing. And for you that apparently have some comprehension problems reading, you can send and receive text from anyone you want.. maybe the people behind the pot App can just have you sign up on their website, you let them know when your going to be traveling and they text you places to get your weed at.

    I swear I have never seen so many retarded people in one place.

  8. 8

    Re: car – I envy you. & bet you're gonna use this program now!! *Giggles* Lucky bastard. *lololol* ;)

  9. 9

    THe report only tells part of the story. Here's a later statement from T-Mobile that provides more information: "T-Mobile believes that the recent complaint filed by EZ Texting is without merit; and we are pleased that on Friday, September 17, 2010, the court rejected EZ Texting’s motion for early relief. Though T-Mobile doesn’t typically comment on pending litigation, we believe it is important to clear up some of the confusion generated by EZ Texting’s allegations. Each carrier has a process to ensure that content providers like EZ Texting follow the Mobile Marketing Association’s U.S. Consumer Best Practices Guidelines for Cross-Carrier Mobile Content Programs, as well as other regulations applicable to the mobile content business. When T-Mobile discovered that EZ Texting had not followed this process for WeedMaps – the text messaging service at issue in the lawsuit – we turned off the short code that EZ Texting was using for these services. The content of the WeedMaps service simply had nothing to do with T-Mobile’s decision."

  10. 10

    "If EZ texting is doing anything illegal, then we personally don't understand why they would be dropped by T-Mobile!" - so you condone illegal activities now??? proofread dumbass, proofread…………..