Apple, AT&T Sued For iPhone's Lack Of MMS - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Mobile // Mobile Devices
03:23 PM

Apple, AT&T Sued For iPhone's Lack Of MMS

MMS capabilities are baked into Apple's 3.0 software, but AT&T says it will withhold support until late summer.

AT&T and Apple are facing a class-action lawsuit alleging the companies have misrepresented the iPhone's ability to send and receive MMS messages.

The lawsuit, filed in the Louisiana district court under the Unfair Trade Practices Act, complains that the companies advertise on TV, online, and print that the iPhone has MMS support even though the functionality is not available in the United States yet. The filing said it expects at least 10,000 individuals to join the lawsuit.

"The only excuse offered by AT&T and Apple is a mouse print disclaimer on the Web site, in [a] barely readable font, which reads 'MMS Support from AT&T coming in late summer,'" the filing said.

Long a hole in the iPhone platform, MMS support was just one of the many features unveiled when Apple rolled out the 3.0 software in June. The firmware update also included copy and paste, Spotlight search, user interface refinements, the ability to remotely wipe the device, and other features.

AT&T has said it will support MMS by late summer, and Apple has not responded to press inquiries as of press time. The 3.0 upgrade also enables users to share their iPhone's 3G connection with laptops and computers through tethering, but AT&T has not given an exact date when this feature will be available or how much it will cost. Neither company generally comments on ongoing litigation. This is not the first time Apple and AT&T have seen the court over the touch-screen smartphone, as the companies are also facing a lawsuit in New York which alleges AT&T's 3G network lacks the advertised bandwidth, and the iPhone is prone to physical defects.

InformationWeek has published an in-depth report on application development. Download the report here (registration required).

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Flash Poll