As reported by Andrews Publications (http://news.findlaw.com/andrews/bt/tel/20061215/20061215_yeshiva.html):
"An ultra-orthodox sect of the Jewish community seeking to block its members' access to the Internet and text-messaging on cell phones has filed suit against Sprint Solutions Inc. for allegedly misrepresenting the capabilities of its so-called 'kosher phone.'
"In [its complaint], the group . . . claims it invested at least $150,000 to develop the phone with Sprint.
"The kosher phone was intended to shield members of the Haredim from aspects of the modern technological world that are inimical to their religious beliefs, the complaint says. . . .
"The plaintiff initiated negotiations with Sprint earlier this year. After weeks of discussions the council entered into a contract with Sprint.
"According to the complaint, Sprint said customers' service accounts would indicate that no changes to billing or features could be made without the consent of a Vaad "point of contact."
"Almost immediately, despite all the technical measures Sprint guaranteed would prevent activation of Internet capability and text messaging, several cell phone users enabled the options simply by calling Sprint customer service and requesting them, the complaint alleges.
"Beyond the technical difficulties, Sprint and the Vaad continued to battle over billing issues, with the council claiming that the bills for the kosher phone service were frequently incorrect.
"Moreover, despite the Vaad's clear statements to Sprint that the council was not responsible for default payments by individual users, the company demanded payments from the Vaad, the complaint says.
"The problems escalated when Sprint allegedly demanded the Vaad pay more than $95,000 for individual users' delinquent bills. The company threatened to discontinue the service if the bills were not paid in 10 days, according to the complaint."
The case was eventually settled on confidential terms.