What you need to know
- Earlier this week, we polled AC readers to ask if the latest T-Mobile data breach made them want to switch their wireless carrier.
- Nearly three-quarters of respondents said they wouldn't be switching or weren't sure yet if they might.
- Almost a third of respondents indicated they'd had enough and would be switching to a new carrier.
This week another shocking data breach came to light that reportedly leaked the personal information of tens of millions of current and former T-Mobile customers. Subsequent reporting revealed that the actual number of affected customers was much lower than originally reported, but it was still in the order of 50 million total accounts.
Considering how popular T-Moble is among our readers, we thought we'd ask them if this latest breach was enough to make them want to switch carriers — and the results we got were a little surprising. Over 40% said that they would not leave T-Mobile, while nearly another 30% said that they weren't yet sure. Only about 30% said that they would, indeed, be leaving the "uncarrier."
While the total number of accounts affected was lower than originally thought, it is still a massive number of subscribers whose data was compromised. And yet, whether it's because the pain of switching is too high, or people have resigned themselves to the realities of modern-day identity theft, the majority of participants who responded to our poll said that they probably wouldn't leave T-Mobile because of it.
There were a ton of comments to our poll on our social media channels, but a common thread among respondents was one of resignation. As reader khaneric put it:
Other readers on Twitter and Facebook concurred:
Not really. At this point, almost rvery major company has had some sort of massive data breach. Nobody's information is safe in this day and age. As long as the company acknowledges it and provides a remedy of some sort, that's all I can really expect tbh.Not really. At this point, almost rvery major company has had some sort of massive data breach. Nobody's information is safe in this day and age. As long as the company acknowledges it and provides a remedy of some sort, that's all I can really expect tbh.— Wes (@Dm_me_your_dogs) August 18, 2021August 18, 2021
Our poll is closed, but we'll have another poll this weekend for you to participate in. So be on the lookout for it!
Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.
For me...no other carrier can provide the same perks, service, and hot-spot data amounts than T-Mobile for the same cost. Also, name one large company that has not been hacked? T-Mobile has promised two years of free identity/security monitoring (you need to sign up) so...as unfortunate as it is...it is what it is.
Personally I am not switching. What is not publiciesed is that all 3 of the big carriers were all hacked within the last 6 months. At least T-mo does not try to sweep it under the rug.
AT&T got hacked today. so where do we go? Think Verizon is safe? think again
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