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AT&T, Apple Sued Over Lacking iPhone MMS
New suit filed in Louisiana court...
by Karl Bode 02:28PM Thursday Aug 13 2009
AT&T has taken a beating for being late in supporting MMS and tethering support for the iPhone, something Apple included in the latest device software update earlier this year. When we spoke to AT&T in June, the company repeated to us that the functionality would arrive by late summer, and stated that delays were "a systems issue, not network," meaning they weren't just waiting until they finished upgrading to HSPA 7.2Mbps. Whatever the reason, AT&T and Apple are now being sued for failing to deliver:
The plaintiffs allege that Apple "advertised heavily that the new version of iPhone, the 3G, as well as the even newer version the 3G-S would allow MMS. Apple's print and video advertisements in and on television, the internet, the radio, newspapers and direct mailers all touted the availability of MMS." AT&T advertised the same functionality, the filing says.
The suit claims that Apple let slip that MMS functionality isn't available because AT&T "never upgraded its towers," which doesn't appear to be the case. More likely the hang-up was a back-office network, billing and support integration issue, as AT&T is still working on integrating all of their recently acquired assets, including BellSouth. As for when MMS and tethering will actually drop, leaks on this front passed ridiculous several months ago, so you'll just have to wait until AT&T gets done doing -- whatever the hell it is they're doing.

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