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Roaming charges spur iPhone lock lawsuit

updated 06:45 pm EDT, Tue August 28, 2007

Another iPhone suit

A new class-action lawsuit has been filed against Apple, this time alleging that the company did not properly inform purchasers of iPhones that they would be tethered to AT&T's network for the duration of their contract, and separately complaining that using the device internationally can result in excessive data roaming charges. The 9-page suit claims that Apple misled iPhone buyers, not fullly disclosing the locked-in nature of the device, and the fact that unlock codes would not be provided. It was filed by Herbert Kliegerman, who recounts the tale of taking a trip to Mexico and returning to a $2,000 bill. This, he says, contradicts a statement on Apple's site that reads "[y]ou can browse the Internet and send emails as often as you like without being charged extra."

An AppleInsider report notes that Kliegerman and his lawyers make the assertion that had AT&T allowed him to purchase and use a SIM card from a foreign wireless carrier, "he would have been able to utilize iPhone internationally at fees substantially less than the $2,000 charged by AT&T." The suit seeks an injunction forcing Apple to sell unlocked iPhones, and provide unlock codes for all current owners. In addition, it seeks to force Apple to disclose international data roaming fees more adequately to customers.

Earlier this month, Apple was slapped with another class-action lawsuit over the battery in its iPhone, by a Northern California resident who echoed claims of a similar suit filed in the state of Illinois. Sydney Leung accused both Apple and AT&T of fraud because the companies neglected to inform potential iPhone buyers of the costs related to maintaining a working battery for the device over the course of the iPhone's lifespan.




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  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    What???

    OK, I'm not crazy about the whole AT&T only thing, but this is a little ridiculous. I think an IQ test might be required before some people make certain purchases. Who shells out $500 for a cell phone and doesn't ask a couple of questions. I believe the plaintiffs in this case knew what they were getting into, and if they didn't well too bad, you're stupid and know you're stuck with it.

  1. ophiochos

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    strategy

    it's not that. This guy (and others) are trying to find a way to respond to being jumped with a huge bill. A lawywer would say 'well, legally you have to pay the bill but you could sue them'. It's a strategy. Law is like chess - you can't always do it the obvious way. This is just a way of complaning about the excessive costs, as it were. Ithink I would do the same thing if I had got this bill...

  1. olemarc

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Its called

    Reading the Terms and Conditions. This has no standing.

  1. G4_Kessel

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Sheesh!

    The price people pay for stupidity!

  1. saudio

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    UNBELIEVABLE!

    Anyone knows that when you "LEAVE THE COUNTRY" you'd better have an International calling plan in action before you leave. Sounds like we need to come up with a new term for "Apple-chasing attorneys"!

  1. iChick

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    stupid

    They should be ordered to wear "I'm Stupid" t-shirts as part of the terms when they lose this lawsuit.

  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    So when Apple unlocks...

    ...the iPhone next week they will ride a wave of publicity & spur on sales...?

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    what planet?

    What planet is this guy from? First, how is this different from ANY other cell phone you get? If I use my Motorola phone (when I was with Cingular) overseas, it cost more to make a phone call. Second, why are they suing Apple? Shouldn't this lawsuit be against ATT? They are the ones who provide the service. The provide the service terms and agreement. They provide the coverage maps. They negotiate the roaming agreements with international carriers.

    This is like me suing Ford because I drove into the city and gas cost me more there than what I pay in my rural town near the dealership I bought the car from. Ford does not control the price of gas (conspiracy theories aside), so why should they be accountable for the service (product) that the oil companies provide?

  1. drole.homme

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    really...

    Does he not read the news?!?! This dude is stupid. The AT&T contract, it's called a 2yr contract. You can't got to T-Mobile and a year later decide to go to Verizon with the same phone nor the same contract. Now the roaming charges are a litte hidden online, you really have to search and search hard. It's also called 611 if you are too lazy. Some people.

  1. David-0109

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: really

    Actually you can goto T-Mobile and a year later decide to go to Verizon (or whoever, for that matter). In fact my one year contract with T-Mobile, expired several months ago, and they have already given me the code to unlock my phone. So, yes I can go to whatever carrier that I choose, as long as I get a sim card from them. Not sure about other carrier, but T-Mobile does have one year contracts.

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