This issue is no mere price increase. It concerns the abrupt termination of a new product's major feature...one that undoubtedly influenced the consumer's buying decision.
Here's an analogy. More than a few years ago Kodak introduced a line of instant developing film cameras to compete with the Polaroid Land. Polaroid prevailed in the resulting patent infringement suit and, instead of accepting a licensing agreement as customary in these cases, forced Kodak to immediately abandon all support for their instant camera. No repair.No batteries. No film. Tens of thousands of Kodak cameras became worthless overnight. Apart from the 30-day warranty, Kodak had no contract with the consumer to sell film or parts for its new camera, yet the court decided that it would be UNFAIR to consumers who bought a product in good faith to be deprived of its use so abruptly. Kodak had to compensate owners of the infringing camera.
I use this instance to illustrate that consumers are not only entitled to the benefits of provided by contract, but are entitled to fair dealings with a purchase. the Court will decide if the Defendants in the case acted unfairly, not simply in accordance with a contract.
The damage / potential damages go a little deeper. Everyone has a different circumstance they're dealing with. I live in a very small town - and the best we get is ATT edge service. The best I do in a month using ATT on my iPad is about 75mb - mainly because the Edge signal is horrible - only use it for basic web and e-mail when needed. Unless I'm travelling. When I travel I use a tremendous amount of bandwidth - download tons of video's, etc. Last trip I took I used the 3G ATT service and racked up 600mb in about 4 days.
Originally Posted by kensteele
So - I spent the extra $139 so that when I knew I was going out of town there were no worries. I could be on the $15 a month plan - and switch over to unlimited and then back off as needed. I already have a Samsung Omnia with Walking Hot Spot - so it wouldn't have been that big of a deal to just tether - but I didn't want to screw with the extra batteries and set up.
Now I'm stuck on the grandfathered $30 plan. I'm afraid if I go to the smaller plan - when I travel I'll get royally screwed on usage charges - or worse yet not utilize my iPad the way it should be.
The one thing I didn't think was going to happen is that ATT & Apple would change the plan 5 freaking weeks after I spend the extra $139 for my iPad. That's false advertising. Apple intentionally boasted about the flexibility of the plans, their beautiful unlimited plan - go on , go off - as needed - and to make it even easier and more appealing - no contracts. Apple was acting as the agent for ATT during all of this.
The way I figure it Apple owes me $139 + tax - and enough for a couple of good microbrews to compensate me for the GD'md aggravation this has caused.
I bet Apple would let you return it and buy a wifi
You might be right. I will go to the apple store tomorrow and try to find out.
Originally Posted by pallentx
Seems Apple is facing several other class action lawsuits and I think I read somewhere they were offering refunds: Multiple class action suits filed over iPhone 4 antenna
I think the antenna suit might have some merit. I think its pretty reasonable to assume that something called an iPhone would be able to make phone calls where there is a signal from the service provider. Although, I generally consider it smart business to not buy expensive things sight-unseen.