Claim forms sent to ‘Apple Class Members’ for iPad 3G unlimited data lawsuit

“As part of a proposed settlement over AT&T’s cancellation of unlimited iPad data plans, a batch of eligibility claim forms were sent out to the suit’s class members, or consumers who purchased Apple’s first-generation iPad with 3G cellular connectivity,” AppleInsider reports.

“On Wednesday, the forms were distributed via email to customers who ordered a 3G-enabled iPad on or before June 7, 2010, and asks that Apple Class Members submit the provided personal claim number to be eligible to receive benefits from a joint settlement proposed by Apple and AT&T,” AppleInsider reports. “By submitting the claim form, class members will be affirming that the ability to switch in and out of AT&T’s now defunct unlimited iPad data plan was a factor in their decision to purchase Apple’s tablet.”

AppleInsider reports, “In September, U.S. District Court Judge Ronald Whyte approved a settlement from both Apple and AT&T that proposed Apple will pay $40 to every U.S. resident who bought or ordered a first-gen iPad with cellular connectivity.”

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  1. In addition to the $40 payout, eligible class members are also be entitled to a discount of $20 per month on AT&T’s current 5GB tier offering, bringing the end cost down to $30 per month. If AT&T changes pricing, the $20 discount will applied to the new cost structure.

  2. I admit I don’t quite understand this suit. Two problems as I see it.

    The first is that while Apple made a deal with AT&T about the $30 unlimited service, there was nothing they could do to AT&T when they decided to discontinue it. So I don’t know why Apple is considered to be a party to this suit.

    But the second is more puzzling. I bought the first cell iPad when it first came out. The first day, in fact. I signed up for the unlimited cell service several weeks later when I decided that it would be worthwhile.

    AT&T never changed that service on me. In fact, when I bought the iPad 2 a year later, the unlimited service carried over. When I bought the iPad 3 the year after, again, the unlimited service carried over to that as well. I didn’t buy the 4, for several reasons, and am typing this on my 3—still using my AT&T unlimited service, though I’m going to get an air tomorrow on Verizon, as we’ve moved to that, because Verizon must sell iPhones completely unlocked as a result of a deal made with the FCC, and truth be told, I’ve never really needed an unlimited plan.

    So I really don’t understand what this is all about.

    1. You signed up for an AT&T service contract and your unlimited plan was grandfathered for years. AT&T kept trying to push people off through incentives and disincentives (e.g., not enabling new functionality on the grandfathered unlimited plans).

      This lawsuit appears to be targeted at the no contract, monthly “on demand” unlimited offer in which you might sign up for cell service for a month to go on vacation, then sign up for another sometime later. I have only bought WiFi iPads, but I recall the outrage when AT&T rapidly (only a month or so later?) capped the data on this offer. I considered it to be a bait-and-switch.

      Since Apple supplied the iPads, worked with AT&T on the data plans, and profited from the sale of the iPads, they are a party to the lawsuit and the settlement.

      1. You obviously don’t understand the way this works. There has NEVER been a contract. It’s all done month by month. Yes, you can have it done automatically, which is how I do it, and how most people do it. But that doesn’t matter. I’ve not had it for a month here and there, and whenever I’ve put in for more time, it’s been on the same month to month $30 unlimited schedule.

  3. We live in a country where bankers can fraudulently foreclose on people’s homes and not face any consequences whatsoever. But the phone company changing your contract on an obsolete device connected to the slow end of the broadband spectrum? Well, that is a national class action lawsuit.

  4. AT&T agrees to terms.
    They can not brake that after the fact… This should be a blion dollar lawsuits and end up on Inamas desk. AT&T should not be able tonget away. And Apple has no part in this. This was AT&Ts doing.

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