Software Lock On AT&T iPhones Leads Apple To Be Sued - Whenever we hear these two words, “Apple” and “Sue” the only thing that comes to mind is, Apple has once again sued some other company on the basis of copyright issues. Well, it is not another company this time but Apple itself getting sued. Thomas Buchar and Zach Ward who are iPhone users have filed a lawsuit against Apple for software lock in their AT&T iPhones.
The plaintiffs claim that Apple has violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and Sherman Antitrust Act by locking their iPhones to AT&T networks without obtaining their permission.
Software Lock On AT&T iPhones Leads Apple To Be Sued
CNET has reported the lawsuit and its details:
“The plaintiffs claim that Apple violated the Sherman Act’s prohibition on monopolization by not obtaining consumers’ contractual consent to have their iPhones locked when the tech giant entered into a five-year exclusivity agreement with the wireless carrier in 2007.
To enforce the terms of its agreement, Apple installed software locks on the iPhone that prevented buyers from taking their devices to a competing wireless carrier, the lawsuit claims. That activity violates the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which includes an exception that allows handset owners to modify their phones for use on the wireless network of their choice, the plaintiffs said.”
Buchar and Ward are looking forward to monetary damages but along with that, they are also hoping that Apple will no longer impose a carrier lock on iPhones and users will be able to insert SIM card from any carrier in their iPhones.
Well, if it actually happens then the worry about iPhone unlocking will be vanished and we will be able to use our iPhones wherever we want.