updated 05:55 pm EDT, Wed August 22, 2007
AT&T's paper usage policy
AT&T today is sending out text messages to all of its customers, announcing that the company is reducing its paper usage by doing away with itemized data transfers. The move comes after a video surfaced on the Web of a young woman who received a 300 page phone bill from the cellular carrier in a box via the U.S. Postal Service. The video, which quickly became popular among internet viewers, soon found its way into the hands of major news networks like CNN and Fox News. Apple still holds a massive lead over its competition in the digital music player market, spurring environmental groups like Green Peace to pressure the Cupertino-based company to set an example for other companies that may follow in its footsteps. While Apple itself is not responsible for AT&T's prior paper usage policies, environmental concerns about the cellular carrier could reflect badly on the iPhone and its maker as a result of the now popular video that shows an iPhone as well as the accompanying bill.