updated 10:15 am EST, Wed February 4, 2009
Two new iPhone lawsuits
Apple is facing another two lawsuits connected to the iPhone 3G, reports say. In Florida, Onel Gonzalez and Ron Brayteson have filed a class-action lawsuit, accusing Apple of providing inadequate 3G reception. The pair make reference to a story from Sweden's Ny Teknik, also cited in a Texas suit from last week, which suggests that many iPhones are not sensitive enough to 3G broadcasts and are creating more problems by boosting their output.
The same evidence is used in this week's second class-action suit, filed by Timothy Ritchie of New Jersey. The Jersey and Florida cases also cite a number of blog and forum posts, describing user frustrations with intermittent or non-existent 3G reception; without 3G broadband, many of the data functions possible on an iPhone become impractical or unusable.
The suits ultimately accuse Apple and carrier AT&T of falsely marketing flawed devices, not only in terms of cellular performance but because of hairline cracks forming around areas such as the camera lens and volume controls. In compensation the plaintiffs are demanding statutory, compensatory and punitive damages with interest, the restitution of illicit profits, and an injunction against any misleading advertising.
Apple has been continually bombarded with lawsuits since the first weeks of the iPhone 3G, primarily over 3G networking issues. None of the cases have so far been resolved, at least publicly, and some have suggested that 3G issues may be attributable to oversaturated networks and/or the inherent limitations of current 3G technology.