T-Mobile Sells New Phone Loaded With Porn

Taking a page from Comcast, T-Mobile sold Shelby Hinds a phone containing 60 images from an online porn gallery associated with another user’s account. Shelby purchased the phone from a T-Mobile kiosk at Walmart, where she “watched the salesman take the wrapping off two new phones and program them. ” T-Mobile said the porn was Shelby’s fault:

…the representative on the phone told her the only way the phone could have those images was if she took the photos herself or if the pictures were sent to her in a text message.

Shelby brought the smut phone to a T-Mobile store, where the employees said they had “never seen a problem like this before.” T-Mobile is now attributing the porn to a “technical glitch,” and will replace the phone free of charge and waive Shelby’s activation fees. — CAREY GREENBERG-BERGER

New phone comes with porn? [12 News via Blorge.com]
(Photo: JD Pavkovich)

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  1. kbrehm says:

    As Microsoft would say, “It’s not a bug, it’s an undocumented feature.”

  2. Sudonum says:

    How come everyone is getting porn on their new stuff but me?

  3. tozmervo says:

    I dunno about cell phones, but I really want a pink WACKY WAVING INFLATABLE ARM FLAILING TUBE MAN now.

  4. Shutterman says:

    Oh c’mon, what doesn’t come with porn pre-loaded these days?

  5. TinaT says:

    Tell me about it. I have to look through all the groceries when I get home to make sure they are all porn free. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found porn in the peanut butter.

  6. ptkdude says:

    That free porn was a $69.95 value, hers at no cost!

  7. MisterGuy says:

    Sometimes I don’t know whether I’m reading Fleshbot or not, though this place does have a less hot-pink scheme and has less boobs and dicks in it.

    Nonetheless, I’d bet it was somebody dicking around with it at the factory, thought it’d be pretty funny to get porn on a “new” phone.

  8. superbmtsub says:

    They can check the details of the images and find out when they were transferred/downloaded onto the phone.

  9. Bay State Darren says:

    Did it come with a ringtone of cheesy bass-driven funk music?

  10. yg17 says:

    now why wasn’t I that lucky when I bought a new phone?

  11. mantari says:

    “Finally! As an AT&T shareholder, I have written to them many times, over the years, that they need to leverage the power of the nudieweb in order to increase sales. I’m glad that they’re finally harvesting one of the Internet’s greatest renewable resources in order to increase sales.”

  12. Bix says:

    Dear anyone this happens to,

    The CSR is lying. Tell them that.

  13. agent2600 says:

    I would have agreed to still pay activation if I was allowed to take the Tube man home for a day

  14. y2julio says:

    Man, I wish I had gotten porn when I bought my Motorola Q.

  15. @tozmervo:

    There is a shop in Quahog that sells them!

  16. AcidReign says:

    &nbsp &nbsp Ok, maybe I’m just stupid, but… I don’t see how this is too expensive for companies to remedy. Formatting my Southernlinc at work takes less than ten seconds. Same for my Nikon digital camera. Heck, I can quick-format a 200 gig USB drive in less than minute with WindowsXP. I’m sure Tivo has a format option. They DO check to see that the box is operational when someone turns it in, don’t they? OK, I know a “quick format” doesn’t REALLY get rid of anything, but at least a toddler’s not going to be clicking up “Debbie does Dishes.” Or Dallas. Or Silvia Saint. Or whatever’s current. I know I’m behind…

    &nbsp &nbsp This is laziness, pure and simple.

    &nbsp &nbsp Most toddlers I know are going to get bored with porn in less than 30 seconds…

  17. JRuiz47 says:

    @radleyas: I thought it was in Weekapaug.

    (I can’t believe it’s a Web site)

    [www.wackywavinginflatablearmflailingtubeman.com]

  18. Obi-John says:

    Never buy anything from a kiosk at a mall. I bought a “new” nextel phone at a mall kiosk and got ripped off several ways: it was a refurb being sold as new (I had to remove a hundred or so existing phone numbers from it, and the web site told me someone else owned the phone), and the guy charged me $50 (instead of $0) for the phone since I only wanted a 1 year agreement, but later I found that NexTel had me down for a 2-year agreement.

  19. erockO says:

    that giant air filled thing in the picture is awfully phallic… :p

  20. Michael says:

    “Waive activation fee”?!?!?! THAT’S IT?!?!

    Have we got so jaded that we have forgotten just how heinous of an offense this is, particularly in an American context? To put it in perspective, remember that the word “clitoris” is still taboo to say on American television, the word “shit” is habitually self-censored in newspapers, and there are of course the 7 dirty words which are a punishable illegal offense to say on the air.

    So having porn in a phone is a really, really, really major deal, which should involve some major compensation, like a year or two of free service, if not free service for life. I imagine this could turn into a multi-million dollar lawsuit if possible.

    Not that I agree with the way things are, but them’s the rules.

  21. jeffj-nj says:

    How many times do you think this happens but no one hears about it because no one cares? Also, isn’t it telling that’s always porn? No one is ever complaining that their phone already contains pictures of cars or something.

  22. QuirkyRachel says:

    @JRuiz47: Oh my lord. Y’all have to check out this web site! I’m going to get one to keep my cat company instead.

  23. Canadian Impostor says:

    I’d just be upset that I got someone’s returned phone sold to me as new, forget what the images were.

  24. Invisobel says:

    @JRuiz47: LOL that’s awesome. I want one now.

  25. Squishy says:

    I’d pay extra for that!

    Did they offer to replace the images with pron of her preference? Maybe she had a different fetish. I hope she cleaned the phone well since she does know where it has been. ;)

  26. dextrone says:

    ***Walmart*** Does that ring a bell….

    Did Walmart open the phone?….

  27. justarep says:

    Wal-Mart mobile phone kiosks are stocked and maintained by WAL-MART EMPLOYEES, not a given cell phone carrier’s staff. Phones sold by Wal-Mart are handled by Wal-Mart. If they take a returned phone and shrinkwrap it with a heaping helping of hot sex, that’s Wal-Mart’s fault, not T-Mobile’s. They only sell plans on T-Mobile’s behalf; the phone stock is their own deal, because they buy the phones wholesale from T-Mobile, but once it’s in the Wally Warehouse it’s on Wal-Mart’s turf.

    That being said, well… good job, Wal-guys.

  28. @Shutterman: A Cable box? Oh wait, Consumerist ruled that out…

  29. n1ssan_gxe says:

    thats when you know you have an addiction when you gotta carry your porn with you at all times. but sharing is caring at least they left it there for the next person who got the phone instead of just throwing it all away and letting the other person go through the hassle of having to reload it.

  30. ShizaMinelli says:

    I was half-expecting to hear that they tried to charge her for it or something lol