Apple, AT&T Sued For iPhone “Monopoly”
A pair of plaintiffs have filed suit against both Apple and AT&T, alleging that the companies have acted illegally in keeping the iPhone “locked” in AT&T’s network, the AP reported Thursday.
The two cases, one in federal and one in state court, were both filed in San Jose, Calif. In both, the companies are accused of violating antitrust law, as well as various telecommunications statutes, by not allowing the iPhone to be carried on non-AT&T networks. The suit was filed after Apple issued a software update late last month that disabled non-sanctioned third-party programs, included various workarounds that hackers had developed to get around the AT&T requirement.
Before the iPhone was launched in May, Apple agreed to keep it exclusive to AT&T for a five-year period.