Telecom firms sued for blocking messages
China Mobile and China Telecom in Shenzhen were recently sued by a man identified as Qin at the Intermediate People’s Court for blocking all the messages sent by his mobile phone. He was suspected by China Mobile of sending junk texts when he was found sending 185 messages to other users within a period of five minutes advertising forged receipts in 2008, which prompted the telecoms to block all of his outgoing messages and include his number on their blacklist.
Qin, decided to file legal action against China Telecom and China Mobile for blocking his mobile phone in a Futian court in 2009, seeking compensation for losses of 30,000 yuan (US$4,546). China mobile eliminated Qin’s number from the blacklist after receiving his complaint, but the Futian court decided that the telecom need not pay any compensation to Qin .
Qin appealed to the Intermediate People’s court and will await its decision.