Is The iPhone4 Lawsuit The Stupidest Thing Ever? [Poll]
Everyone loves this ongoing story about how shitty the iPhone 4’s reception is and now that a lawsuit was filed the blogosphere’s are jumping all over it. But just think about this for a minute. Ok, you go into a store to buy a cd player, you get it home and it blows chunks. What do you do? Option 1 is to return it for a refund. Option 2 is to keep it and then sue the hell out of the manufacturer for “emotional distress, aggravation, annoyance and inconvenience”. Yeah, I know these guys were dumb enough to buy iPhones but apparently they’re so dumb they didn’t think of just doing what everyone else does when they buy a lemon and just returning the damn thing.
Generally, the law is set up to make you whole – to get you back to where you were before you were wronged. It’s not intended to let you sue when someone sells a shitty product. We’ve all bought low-end products in our day – that didn’t mean we had a right to sue over it. But let’s keep going. They claim fraud in these papers. Fraud means Apple knew of these problems and intentionally concealed them. Hard to imagine that has any merit since if Apple knew of this even I think they would have moved the antennas or covered them somehow. The papers continue and they claim that the phone is unfit as a phone and therefore it should be removed from the market (as well as result in more damages). OK, think about this again. You go to buy a stereo and you get home and crank up the volume and it’s ok but not great. Do you get to sue? No – return the shitty product. Again, there are great phones and mediocre phones but in the end the iPhone 4 makes phone calls. You can’t say it’s so bad at holding a call that it isn’t a phone. I mean, come on. Now I’ve tried to ‘death grip’ three different WM phones by holding them in various ways and I can’t find a death grip but most experts do say that phones have a vulnerable portion (where the antennae is) and holding a phone over that area will degrade the signal. It so happens that with the iPhone it’s such an easy spot to find and proof to show.
Anyway, this suit only really seems to work for those who already bought them. I mean, if you buy now you have to know about this as a problem. Sure, you’ll claim that AT&T and Steve-O told you that there were no issues and you were tricked, but if you’re that easily tricked then you deserve it:) Enough from me, shout out – is this litigation totally ridiculous? I think best case scenario they get some rubber bands to cover their phones for free…
But, but it has multitasking. And a front facing video camera. And, and over 100,000 or maybe more apps. And it looks really cool. And its made by Apple. So who cares if you can’t make calls. You honor, I rest my case. BTW, where would you like us to send your phone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FL7yD-0pqZg my friend sent this link to me earlier tonight. freaking hillarious
also, why is this under the android part of the site?
i’d only get pissed at apple if i wanted to cancel my pre-order (for my mom) because of this issue and they don’t let me.
ps enjoy the video
I am a Wireless Technician for at&t, This is one time when I think you should have done a little more research before posting your opinion on this matter. first of all, you keep mentioning returning the iphone 4. Are you aware of the 10% restocking fee? The way I see it, if you purchased this crappy phone you have 4 choices. You can keep the piece of s#@t and deal with it, your can return it and pay the 10% restocking fee, you can buy the bumper apple is pushing, or you can sue the crap out of apple for knowingly putting this product out. There is know way apple could not have known about this flaw. You can expect educated people to believe apple didn’t know about this issue before they released the device. As per at&t, we just sell the service and had no idea of the issues that came with the iphone 4.
@Big Daddy, I am aware of the restocking fee and here’s one time that the customer would win. If you sell a defective product of any kind then the seller has to take it back. I think if iPhone users tried to return them on this basis AT&T would just turn the phone around anyway. But putting that all aside, the court papers don’t indicate that the buyers sought to return the phone and were unable to or forced to pay the fee. They simply kept using the phone. I suspect that very few people have returned the phone and not been able to get the fee waived on this basis if they pressed it. If that were the case, I would agree that a claim for $35 would be appropriate.
And to resolve all doubt, it’s now confirmed that the restocking fee is waived on the iPone 4: http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/07/02/apple-nixes-10-restocking-fee-on-iphone-4-returns/
And yet its the greatest thing since sliced bread. The EVO gets bashed for its issues while the iPhone issues get swept under the rug. Add all the other problems with the whole “Steve Jobs faked emails” thing and you have the recipe for a gigantic disaster. Where is Geraldo Rivera when you need him to do some investigative reporting? LOL.
@Murani Lewis: There are no folding chairs on teh Interwebs.