“The ongoing pursuit of technophiles to unlock Apple’s multipurpose iPhone made a detour into court yesterday, when a man who bought three iPhones in early July filed a class action for an injunction against the company in state Supreme Court, claiming that, at the time of his purchase, Apple had not fully disclosed that the phone was impenetrable to outside service providers,” Sarah Portlock reports for The New York Sun.
“The plaintiff, Herbert Kliegerman, 68, said Apple did not disclose that iPhones would be programmed to accept service contracts exclusively from AT&T,” Portlock reports.
“As a frequent international traveler, Mr. Kliegerman’s suit claims he wanted to purchase a foreign service subscriber identity module, also known as a SIM card, that would allow him to use local cell phone providers and decrease his roaming charges overseas, but that he was informed he could not, “Portlock reports. “AT&T provides unlock codes for SIM cards for non- iPhone phones, according to his complaint.”
“The suit extends his class action to include any New York State resident who purchased an iPhone since its release, which, according to the lawsuit, may be more than 50,000 customers,” Portlock reports.
Full article here.
From our iPhone box: “Minimum new two-year wireless service plan with AT&T required to activate all iPhone features, including iPod features… Service plan with AT&T required for cellular network capabilities on expiration of initial two-year contract. Wireless service is solely provided by and is the responsibility of AT&T.”
Perhaps Apple should sue Mr. Kliegerman for not being able to read and/or making assumptions that are contradictory to what’s explicitly stated on the product’s box.
If anything, Kliegerman should be suing AT&T over disclosure, not Apple.