The Mac Observer

Skip navigational links

You're viewing an article in TMO's historic archive vault. Here, we've preserved the comments and how the site looked along with the article. Use this link to view the article on our current site:
Apple Sued for Bricked iPhones, Violating Antitrust Statutes

Apple Sued for Bricked iPhones, Violating Antitrust Statutes

by , 3:45 PM EDT, October 8th, 2007

A California man has sued Apple, accusing the company of violating California antitrust law because iPhone customers are forced to use AT&T, and iPhones that have been modified to work on other networks have been bricked by Apple, according to Computerworld on Monday.

"Apple forced plaintiff and the class members to pay substantially more for the iPhone and cell phone service than they would have paid in a competitive marketplace either for the iPhone or for AT&T's cell phone service," the suit claimed.

The lawsuit also pointed to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) that allows mobile phone owners to unlock their iPhones and that Apple violated consumers' rights by bricking some iPhones with the 1.1.1 update.

"Apple acted in defiance and without sufficient consideration of consumers' rights to unlock their iPhones because it knew that the probable result of its update would be to render unlocked iPhones inoperable," the lawsuit charged.

At a Website set up by Mr. Timothy Smith's attorneys, readers are advised that they might qualify for inclusion in the class-action lawsuit if they paid a termination fee to their previous service, if their iPhone has become disabled or if they had third party applications erased after the 1.1.1 update.

Recent Headlines - Updated June 25th

Mon,12:40 PM
Three Ways to Protect your Apple Watch (and One Way Not To)
Fri,7:00 PM
Apple Kills the Thunderbolt Display - Will the Mac Pro Be Next?
6:54 PM
6 Great Display Choices for Your MacBook Pro and Mac Pro
6:25 PM
Apple Drops 2.81% in Broad Brexit Selloff
5:01 PM
G Cloud Unlimited Backup for iPhone and Android: 5-Year Subscription for $29.99
1:46 PM
TMO Daily Observations 2016-06-24: Goodbye Thunderbolt Display, Spinning off the Mac
11:48 AM
Plex Media Server Turns 1.0!
9:05 AM
OS X: Using Policy Banner for Custom Login Screens
Thu,9:01 PM
Apple Discontinues Thunderbolt Display, Directs Customers to Unspecified 3rd Party Displays
8:55 PM
Apple Adds RAW Support for 15 DSLR Cameras from Canon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony
6:20 PM
How to Display Calories or kJ on your iPhone/Apple Watch Health Apps
5:20 PM
Ingrein ‘Smartclock’ Shows Important Notifications to Help You Detach from Your Screen
  • __________
  • Buy Stuff, Support TMO!
  • Podcast: Mac Geek Gab
  • Podcast: Apple Weekly Report
  • TMO on Twitter!