A PC World news story reports a class-action lawsuit in California, brought about by a man named Timothy Smith, alleging that the Apple iPhone breaks California law. Among the problems cited in the suit are Apple’s AT&T software lock and denial of warranty service to customers who have unlocked their phones. (See the full story for more details)
Personally, I don’t think Apple should be allowed to implicitly endorse carrier exclusivity, as it seems to with its AT&T contract. I think all cellphone companies should be regulated for interoperability, and a phone should be capable of being pulled from one network and activated on another, without anything more than the SIM card switch European phones require. This nonsense of phones only working on specified networks is absurd.
I also don’t agree with Apple’s denying warranty service to owners of unlocked phones, but the updates and packaging included warnings against unlocking, stating that unauthorized modifications would void the warranty. I do not believe the suit will have much of a case against warranty-service denials.
It will be interesting to see how this case turns out in court.