When Apple first announced the iPhone 3.0 upgrade and later when it debuted the iPhone 3GS it was happy to tout the new MMS features. The feature would roll out immediately with 3.0 to most every iPhone carrier. AT&T was the one exception, though at the time it was said MMS support would come by August. Well, it’s now August and MMS is still nowhere to be found. Cue lawsuit.
This particular lawsuit is a class action from Louisiana under the state’s Unfair Trade Practices Act. The suit complains that Apple “advertised heavily” the arrival of MMS on the iPhone. Apple did make a big deal out of MMS support for the 3.0 upgrade, so that is no surprise. There’s also complaints that AT&T was advertising the new iPhone’s ability to send MMS messages, which it still hasn’t implemented.
What doesn’t make sense is that the suit complains about AT&T not upgrading its towers to handle MMS. AT&T can certainly handle MMS on every other phone on the network, it just doesn’t support the feature on the iPhone. Presumably this is to prevent the network from collapsing (similar to why the SlingPlayer for iPhone only works on Wi-Fi).
The surprising part is that it took this long for someone to sue for lack of MMS on the iPhone. It seems like such a standard service now. It was always pathetic that the cheapest feature phones could send them when the iPhone couldn’t. It seems like a bit of a waste to file a class action lawsuit, however. Chances are Jobs is more annoyed about AT&T not supporting the new features than any of us are.
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