Lawsuit to prevent Apple from selling locked iPhones

08:44, July 13, 2010      

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AT&T, the biggest US phone company by revenue and the exclusive US provider for iPhone, has come under withering criticism from iPhone users over its network quality since the smartphone went on sale in 2007.

The agency said an amended complaint filed in June 2008 deals with Apple's prac-tice of "locking" iPhones with AT&T's network and with Apple's control over the applications that can be installed on its smartphone. The lawsuit also consolidates those filed by iPhone buyers starting in late 2007.

Parts of the lawsuit that deal with violations to antitrust law can continue as a class action, Judge James Ware of the US District Court for the Northern District of California said in court documents filed July 8, the Associated Press (AP) said.

The lawsuit, which includes any iPhone buyer with a two-year AT&T agreement since June 2007 - also says Apple secretly made AT&T its exclusive iPhone partner in the US for five years, dampening competition and driving up prices.

Early in June, AT&T announced plans to stop offering its unlimited pricing plan for new subscribers to its mobile data services, in an effort to improve the speed of its network by cutting down on network-clogging downloads.

According to the lawsuit, consumers found themselves locked into a five-year relationship with AT&T, the AP said.

The lawsuit seeks an injunction to keep Apple from selling locked iPhones in the US and from determining what iPhone programs people can install, the report said Monday.

Source: Global Times


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