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Lawsuit brings Apple, AT&T to task for iPhone MMS

updated 03:55 pm EDT, Thu August 13, 2009

iPhone MMS lawsuit

A new class action lawsuit has accused Apple and AT&T of misrepresenting MMS availability on the iPhone, reports say. Filed in a Louisiana district court, the suit observes that Apple has heavily promoted MMS -- the standard means of sharing cellphone photos and video -- using print, TV, radio and the web. AT&T is said to be involved in similar campaigns.

The problem, according to plaintiffs, is that MMS has not been an option for AT&T subscribers since June's debut of the iPhone 3.0 firmware, which nominally enabled the technology. Apple has moreover acknowledged that the AT&T network cannot handle MMS at the moment; instead, customers are told in small web print that support is due by "late summer." The plaintiffs say they expect at least 10,000 people to be represented by the class action.




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  1. Eldernorm

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -4

    Lotto sued

    I am suing the Lotto cause they advertise all the time, but I have not won yet. Its a crime and a class action suit.

    Join me?? LOL :-)

    en

  1. bleee

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Valid Complaint

    It's a very valid complaint... if it's not actually available they should say coming soon in the commercials just like they say the release date of a movie when they advertise it on TV. Also it was available in Canada from DAY 1. ATT Just has a crappy network.

  1. kkthompson

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +11

    Ummm

    They do say it's coming later: in late summer as the article says. The US is the most insane sue-happy place. Yeah, it sucks it's not done, but they pre-warned everyone it wouldn't be.

  1. cartoonspin

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    What the...

    I guess the sue happy people missed the 1.5 hour iPhone 3GS introduction in June where it was announced end of summer. Which in tech talk means sometime in the Fall.

    Please, no one made their decision to upgrade or buy an iPhone based on this feature alone.

  1. whackjob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +6

    Actually

    This is NOT an Apple issue but an AT&T.

  1. stevesnj

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +3

    hey

    Count me in... Apple though is not at fault I believe ATT is. If Im right the iPhone is the only MMS capable phone on ATT's system that can't do MMS though the iPhone is capable. Please Verizon don't let us down!

  1. ERG

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    so what?

    in the rest of the wold almost no operator support all of the iPhone' features..
    For instance, in Italy the iPhone is offered by 3 operators and no one yet offers Visual Voicemail, but I've not heard about any lawsuit..

  1. cebritt

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Attorneys

    Attorneys love class action lawsuits because they get the lion's share of the settlement. And Louisiana is like a third-world country with good roads...

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    RE: what the

    I guess the sue happy people missed the 1.5 hour iPhone 3GS introduction in June where it was announced end of summer. Which in tech talk means sometime in the Fall.

    Except not everyone spends all their time watching every minute of every Apple 'announcement' press conference like the apple geek squad who come to places like this.

    I would guess a majority of the iPhone owners bought it because it's the 'hip' thing to have, not because they're longtime Apple fanboys, and, thus, should be told more than some small print on some ad page.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Fault

    This is NOT an Apple issue but an AT&T.

    Count me in... Apple though is not at fault I believe ATT is.

    Do you people not pay attention? The lawsuit is not about the fact that it doesn't work (which is ATT's problem - supposedly due to VV using the MMS feed, and they have to rewrite how VV works).

    The lawsuit is about false advertising. At that point, it is Apple's problem, because Apple handles all advertising of the iPhone (one of their many stipulations they had when picking a carrier). As such, just like with the speed claims apple had in the ads, this falls on them.

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