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Apple and AT&T iPhone Monopoly Lawsuit: Contrived?

We have known since 2007 when the first iPhone was released that we were stuck in a 2-year contract with A&T. However, if after that contract period has expired those wishing to stick with Apple’s smartphone were forced to stick with the carrier — it is this that is the main focus of a monopoly lawsuit against the two companies.

iPhone customers were told that they could terminate their contract at any time, but if they wanted to stick with the iPhone — then they had no where to go. In theory they were stuck in a 5-year contract with AT&T, that’s according to Brian X. Chen from Wired.

The class-action lawsuit was originally filed in 2007 and now the plaintiffs are representing 200 million iPhone customers. As yet Apple or AT&T has failed to make any comment. Although we are certain that Verizon customers are waiting to learn of the outcome, as they have been waiting 3 years to get their hands on the number 1 smartphone.

USA Today recently reported that AT&T and Apple were signed into a 5-year contract — meaning that a possible Verizon iPhone would not come until 2012. We now wait to learn of any outcome.

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Written by Peter Chubb

Peter has been writing on Product-Reviews since 2007 and in that time much has changed for him, like his hair having more grey than brown now. He loves gadgets and cars, and gets excited when big events come up, such as CES and the big auto shows.

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