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tuolumnejim
07-12-2010, 11:30 AM
Getting an iPhone on Verizon might not be far off. :43:

Link (http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1890521/federal_judge_approves_class_action_iphone_lawsuit/index.html)

Federal Judge Approves Class Action iPhone Lawsuit
Posted on: Monday, 12 July 2010, 13:25 CDT

A federal judge has approved a class action monopoly abuse lawsuit against Apple Inc. and AT&T Inc.'s mobile phone unit.

The lawsuit consolidates several individual claims filed by iPhone buyers starting in late 2007, just a few months after the popular smartphone went on sale for the first time.

An amended complaint filed in June 2008 concerns Apple's practice of "locking" iPhones so that they can only be used on AT&T's network.

The lawsuit also says that Apple secretly made AT&T its exclusive iPhone partner in the U.S. for five years. Consumers agreed to a two-year contract with AT&T, but were essentially locked into a five-year relationship with AT&T if they wished to keep their phone.

The lawsuit claims that the actions hurt competition and drove up prices for consumers.

Apple and AT&T have not commented on the terms of their deal. Apple said in response to the complaint that it did not hurt competition.

Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California said parts of the lawsuit that deal with violation to antitrust law can continue as a class action. The suit includes anyone that purchased an iPhone with a two-year AT&T contract since June 2007.

Apple sold over 50 million iPhones in the last three years. The Cupertino, California-based company did not specify how many have gone to U.S. customers.

Other allegations accuse the company of breaking laws when an update to the iPhone's operating software caused some phones to stop working and deleted programs that users had previously purchased.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to keep Apple from selling locked iPhones in the U.S. and from determining what iPhone applications people are allowed to install. The lawsuit also hopes to seek damages to cover legal fees and other costs.

JDay
07-12-2010, 11:32 AM
Getting an iPhone on Verizon might not be far off. :43:

Link (http://www.redorbit.com/news/technology/1890521/federal_judge_approves_class_action_iphone_lawsuit/index.html)

Sure it is, if anything this will result in you being able to use your iPhone on other GSM networks (i.e. T-Mobile) without having to unlock the phone yourself. 3G still won't work.

turbogg
07-17-2010, 3:50 PM
I was under the impression that ATT and Apple had a contract allowing ATT to provide service, and sell iPhone's. It's going to be interesting to see what protections contract law will give ATT and Apple in this suit.

blisster
07-17-2010, 5:42 PM
I thought it was already announced that Verizon would be offering an iPhone in January?

Was it an official announcement or just some leaked rumors?

JDay
07-17-2010, 10:58 PM
I thought it was already announced that Verizon would be offering an iPhone in January?

Was it an official announcement or just some leaked rumors?

Just a rumor. You'd hear if Apple started buying CDMA chipsets.