Ok, so I knew when I did the deal with Satan's pond-sucking scum that I should expect a shaft or two, but this one is so audacious.
I just noticed, in a very fine print amongst all the paper work of a new cell phone contract, that AT&T pays its rebates with an AT&T debit card.
AT&T has been sued over this practice:
AT&T "Rebate" Case Going Forward - O'Reilly Emerging TelephonyMore on the lawsuit -- so it went forward in 2007. There are a few web references to this topic, but I couldn't find anything new.
...I also clearly remember my dismay at getting a VISA debit card as my “rebate” and the many hoops that I had to jump through to use it simply as a credit on my next Cingular bills...
I so want Google to crush these leeches.
Update 3/24/2008: I get my cards, and consign the responsible exec to the eighth circle of Hell.