updated 09:05 am EST, Fri December 5, 2008
Apple recieves 3G lawsuit
Apple faces yet another lawsuit challenging its claims of 3G network performance. Through the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, James Pittman has filed a lawsuit against Apple in regards to the poor speeds of the iPhone 3G when compared to advertisements. Pittman claims that the phone was rushed to market in a defective state, and does not perform as represented.
The suit alleges that a defective chipset, and/or the firmware, prevents the iPhone from providing data connectivity "twice as fast" as its predecessor. It is likewise said to not be fully compatible with 3G networks, and fail to deliver 3G data speeds for more than a fraction of connection time. Another problem included in the suit states that users experience unreliable voice service when using the 3G network, including frequently-dropped calls.
Because iPhone owners are required to sign a multi-year contract, one with extra fees each month for benefits Pittman claims are never received, the plaintiff is seeking monetary compensation, including damages and equitable relief for himself and members of the proposed class.
Apple has been targeted for a number of lawsuits due to the latest iPhone. Recently a 70-year-old resident of San Diego, William Gillis, also brought up accusations against Apple, claiming its 3G did not meet the standards proclaimed in the company’s ads.
Apple has also had difficulty even showing ads in the United Kingdom, already having two of its iPhone 3G commercials pulled from television due to apparent misleading content and exaggerated capabilities for the handset.