Apple, AT&T hit with iPhone MMS lawsuits | iLounge News

News

Apple, AT&T hit with iPhone MMS lawsuits

Apple and its carrier partner AT&T have been hit with two separate yet identical class-action lawsuits over the iPhone’s current lack of MMS support in the U.S. Although filed by different groups in different U.S. District Courts—the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Louisiana—both suits use identical language, alleging that Apple heavily advertised both the iPhone 3G and 3GS as offering MMS, “in and on television, the Internet, radio, newspapers, and direct mailers.” The suits also claim that they downloaded the iPhone OS 3.0 update expecting MMS support to be included, despite a very clear statement from Apple Senior Vice President of iPhone Software Scott Forstall, who said during the company’s 2009 Keynote, “MMS requires carrier support as well. Twenty-nine of our carrier partners in 76 countries around the world will support MMS at the launch of iPhone OS 3.0. in the United States, AT&T will be ready to support MMS later this summer.” The Louisiana suit claims at least 10,000 individuals are to be included the complaint, while the Illinois suit claims at least 100,000; both are requesting individual plaintiff damages for the iPhone 3G or 3GS purchased, between $100 and $500 each.

« Latest edition of iPodweek coming soon, sign up today

Mix: China Unicom, USAA, Qik, Madden NFL 10 »

Related Stories

Comments

21

Considering Fall starts in a month, I would say “Later this summer” is Now! $30 a month just for the iPhone data plan and no MMS is rediculous!!

Posted by Sincitydude on August 16, 2009 at 12:31 PM (PDT)

22

20 bucks says that is this is true the 3.1 update with mms will be out in two weeks max, then the suit will be dropped.

Posted by Shannan Rohde on August 16, 2009 at 4:46 PM (PDT)

23

@Shannan Rohde
I’ll take your $20, thanks! The only thing blocking MMS is the carrier file, you don’t need an OS update to turn it on.  Your point on timing is much more likely true though smile

Posted by WhoCares? on August 17, 2009 at 5:02 AM (PDT)

24

What’s the difference between MMS and just e-mailing pictures/voice memos out?

Posted by Ð on August 17, 2009 at 7:04 AM (PDT)

25

My girlfriend went for the Iphone a few months back.  she was unaware of the MMS problem,considering what someone else here said-you can send pictures on the cheap phones they give away at the phone store.

the Salesperson also signed her up for unlimited text and Pix.  now why even call it that if they know damn well the phone can’t do it. 

The sales people at ATT are as guilty as anyone here.  their failure to volunteer the phones short comings are what pisses people off when they find out they can’t do with an Iphone what they were doing last week with a free LG phone.

She sold it and went back to Blackberry.

Posted by Bob on August 17, 2009 at 1:33 PM (PDT)

26

Playing devil’s advocate here, everyone crying “it’s already late summer” is wrong.  By using the term “later summer,” they can technically wait until as late as Sept. 22, the official last day of summer.  There’s still over a month of summer left - it’s still MID-summer right now.  My guess is that Sept. 8 will be the magical day MMS will come alive on the Iphone, however - timed with some sort of special event, can’t imagine what that might be.

Posted by Tom on August 18, 2009 at 9:09 AM (PDT)

27

Well, just for the hell of it I looked up when summer ends this year, and it looks like AT&T has another month or so, until September 22nd, before summer ends in the Northern hemisphere according to the official definition.  Course most of us thought summer ended when the kids went back to school, which is just about… NOW.

Posted by Fanfoot on August 18, 2009 at 7:02 PM (PDT)

28

I think AT&T is holding back mms for the iPhone just to make a bigger profit on bandwith before the summer ends. Not allowing iPhone customers to send mms cuts down on the amount of messages sent, cause let’s face it we all hate going on line and retrieving our pics, which in turn cuts down on bandwith and increases profits, since most iPhone customer have an unlimited data and texting plan.  By doing this AT&T gets to end one quarter good and begin another one strong. AT&T sucks.

Posted by B-dog on August 18, 2009 at 9:09 PM (PDT)

29

Wow.  This is unbelievable.  Just some more people trying to make money.  This is crazy.

The reality is that in the keynote they did mention it wouldn’t be available yet.  If you went out and bought one anyways,... well, that’s your fault.  Apple and AT&T should give you money?  Yeah right… I’m as frustrated as the next iPhone user… but I’m not suing anyone over it.  Get a life and get a job… lol.

Posted by Rafael on August 21, 2009 at 4:06 PM (PDT)

30

Okay guys hear my out take on this I bet you on the New Ipod release their will be MMS is all about marketing for these company’s It’s about to BIG WOW in the push of there production ... but we all know that they don’t need it at this point….but in “STOCK” !! Which we all know its down if It doesn’t Release then Nov- Dec…. YOU BET !!!!

Posted by Saint_909 on August 25, 2009 at 7:48 AM (PDT)

Page 2 of 2 pages  <  1 2

If you have a comment, news tip, advertising inquiry, or coverage request, a question about iPods/iPhones/iPad or accessories, or if you sell or market iPod/iPhone/iPad products or services, read iLounge's Comments + Questions policies before posting, and fully identify yourself if you do. We will delete comments containing advertising, astroturfing, trolling, personal attacks, offensive language, or other objectionable content, then ban and/or publicly identify violators.

Commenting is not available in this section entry.
Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

Recent News

Recent Reviews

Recent Articles

Sign up for the iLounge Weekly Newsletter

Email:

iLounge is an independent resource for all things iPod, iPhone, iPad, and beyond.
iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, Apple TV, Mac, and the Apple logo are trademarks of Apple Inc.
iLounge is © 2001 - 2014 iLounge, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy Policy