"Friday afternoon I arrived home to find a box on my doorstep from Telocity. A little note inside informed me that they want their gateway back and... wait for it... if I failed to return it to them, they would charge me $499, as per their service agreement!
Now, I'm not claiming to be perfect, but I do like to think I would have noticed a clause saying I owe them $500 for anything! I tend to read contracts pretty carefully. Now, the last contact I had with these people was about three months ago. I've since gotten Verizon DSL (which is pretty lousy by the way, but at least it's available and I'm pretty sure not going bankrupt any time soon), I wonder if their mad? Kinda out of the blue to ask for the thing back.
At least they have me a pre-paid shipping package and Airborne was nice enough to come pick up the package this morning.
I called Telocity and had them make a note on my account stating that it was shipped back today and they noted the airbill number. I'm not going to risk them saying they never got it back, you know? I don't usually have a "spare" $500 laying around that I don't mind parting with!
I was getting set to start doing some hacking too, I figure that thing could have made a cheap web server or router or something. Would have been fun figuring out anyway. I'm sure I'm not the first person with that idea, I just hope no one did so because apparently those gateways were never ours to keep. Heads up folks!"