Law firm exploring class action suit over iPhone 4 reception issues

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  • Reply 21 of 318
    saareksaarek Posts: 1,419member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jerseymac View Post


    The level of denial here is amazing. How much would Apple have to screw up before you all stop defending them?



    For two years I have had terrible audio quality and dropped calls on my 3G. Yet the iPhone flies off the shelves and the community here makes excuse after excuse for Apple and ATT. "We don't need to make phone calls. We don't need Verizon."



    Now that everyone is dropping calls (granted for different reasons) all of a sudden this is so unacceptable we're going to get lawyers. Yeah, it IS maddening when you keep dropping calls, isn't it?



    I'm glad the Kool Aid has finally worn off for others as it did for me when I was stranded on the side of the road with no signal on my shiny pretty iPhone.



    I have asked it before and will continue to ask: What good is a smartphone that can't make phone calls?



    To be fair a lot of the reception issues do seem to be due to the rather crap AT&T, on a visit to the US I was amazed at how bad the call quality, reception and network performance was and decided to never complain about O2 again!
  • Reply 22 of 318
    kreshkresh Posts: 379member
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    Originally Posted by Katonah View Post


    what is the lawsuit about?



    It is about Steve Jobs saying "There is no reception issue". In other words lying to the customer to conceal a defect forcing the customer to seek remediation from the courts.
  • Reply 23 of 318
    irelandireland Posts: 17,793member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Katonah View Post


    Pardon me for being dumb, but couldn't Apple just give out a new iphone 4 to people with defective iphone 4's?



    If so, what is the lawsuit about?



    Pain and suffering?





    That's what the suit is about, Apple said your holding it wrong or buy a case. The never said if you have the issue we'll give you a new phone. That would have been acceptable.
  • Reply 24 of 318
    ski1ski1 Posts: 251member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Katonah View Post


    Pardon me for being dumb, but couldn't Apple just give out a new iphone 4 to people with defective iphone 4's?



    If so, what is the lawsuit about?



    Pain and suffering?





    Apple could very well do this, and should do it, if it is truly a hardware flaw. But this will be very costly and time consuming to design a fix to this issue and replace all the phones. While their sales suffer after they finally admit the issue. Will Apple do this on their own, or do they need to be forced to do it ? So far, all we have heard from Apple is denial.
  • Reply 25 of 318
    wonderwonder Posts: 229member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kresh View Post


    While the Class Action lawsuits in the US are really just ambulance chasing, one can only hope that the EU will get involved and take a really large bite out of Apple over this fiasco!



    It is up to you Apple, admit it and fix it or get the hammer!



    If you are not happy then take the iPhone back and get your money back.

    No need for a lawsuit!!
  • Reply 26 of 318
    paulmjohnsonpaulmjohnson Posts: 1,380member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by saarek View Post


    I usually just sigh when I hear about a lawsuit against Apple, but in this case there is actually a grounding for the case.



    I've checked 3 different iPhone 4's from friends, I know the US has a shit network (AT&T) but O2 and Orange both have excellent reception where I am, all 3 phones went from 5 bars to 1/no bars when the phone was cupped in th left hand.



    This is a BIG issue, Apple has dropped the ball on this one, if it's simply a software fix thats needed and I hope it is, then great if not Apple deserves to get sued and need to pay out.



    I agree that if it effects you, this is no doubt a right royal pain in the arse, but does it really merit a lawsuit? Surely if it doesn't work for you the options are:
    1. Take it back.

    2. Trust Apple to provide a fix.

    This is a flaw in the American system which hampers creativity and the economy in general. If something happens you don't like, call the lawyers.
  • Reply 27 of 318
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Mazda 3s View Post


    While I think the lawsuit is ridiculous, there IS a problem for quite a few people. Holding my iPhone 4 normally in my left hand results in 1 bar or "No Service" within 30 seconds and I can't make calls or connect to the internet. I don't even have to do a tight "death grip" on it, I just merely need to place it slightly cupped in my hand.



    If I do this with my wife's 3GS, I might see one bar drop, but I can still make calls and the download/upload 3G speeds are barely affected.



    Now, those are just my results. Other people have mentioned similar findings -- so instead of everyone blindly defending Apple, can some of you at least acknowledge that something is going on that is not the fault of the customer?



    I agree...I am in the same boat as you. I don't really agree with a class action suit yet. Lets give Apple a chance to fix the issue. But the response so far from Apple has not been encouraging. If we hold our phone in a normal fashion we should have a reasonable expectation that it should work.

    If I hold my 4G in the same way I help my 3GS I had for the last year then I get "No Service" within 30 seconds.

    I demonstrated this to a Apple store a manger and he is ordering me a replacement.

    They ran it through a battery of test and could find nothing wrong with the phone other than loss of service when being held in my hand!

    they said an update might fix the way the phone reports the signal but..........it seems the phone I have has issues and would rather have one that reports the signal correctly...without an update....

    Thats just my experiences. I am told the phones with the signal issues are small.
  • Reply 28 of 318
    paulmjohnsonpaulmjohnson Posts: 1,380member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    That's what the suit is about, Apple said your holding it wrong or buy a case. The never said if you have the issue we'll give you a new phone. That would have been acceptable.



    Just take it back. If Apple see a boatload of these things being returned you can bet they will provide a fix pretty damn quickly.



    Of course if they only see one or two coming back because this is another example of a small problem being blown out of proportion on the Internet, that'll be different.
  • Reply 29 of 318
    bartbuzzbartbuzz Posts: 131member
    Unbelievable! Not really. The iPhone has been out a week. Some users are reporting reception problems. More users are reporting how much they like the iPhone. And there is already talk of a law suit? Business must be slow.
  • Reply 29 of 318
    jerseymacjerseymac Posts: 408member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Ireland View Post


    To be fair, your issue sounds like you live in a bad coverage area. And not simple because you touch the phone in the wrong spot or hold the phone.



    I admitted as much in my post. But the end result is the same so I think it's fair.
  • Reply 31 of 318
    lilgto64lilgto64 Posts: 1,147member
    Makes me wonder what the criteria are for a class acton lawsuit are. A case such as Toyota's runaway acceleration resulting in injury, property damage etc - I can see that - even if only to cover the cost of proactive - preemptive corrective action.



    But in the case of the iPhone - except for Apple's denial that it is a problem - wouldn't it at least be useful to find out just how many units are affected - or whether it is a hardware or software or network issue.



    I understand that inability to make calls or dropped calls etc could have a financial impact on users - unable to conduct business or even just paying for service you are not in fact able to use - but as previously posted - it seems that giving them a reasonable amount of time to figure out just what is going on and come up with a solution seems prudent. Its not like we have documented evidence of a known issue 6 months ago that has deliberately been covered up.



    From everything I have read - it does seem that there is a legitimate issue affecting at least a portion of units and users - and needs to be addressed by Apple and or AT&T.



    The only thing - so far - that really concerns me - is that (according to reports) Apple has either dismissed the concerns as user error or inherent to all cell phones - and that the concern is not being seriously investigated by Apple.



    If anything - at this point - I would think - that the ONLY thing that dissatisfied users should be entitled to is a return policy including a full refund with no penalty if they should choose to return the phone and terminate their contract (or replace it with a different model with new contract).



    Maybe the seeking user info phase of the process is just to send Apple a wake up call that they cannot ignore this. oh i know - its a plot by Apple to sell all 10 million of the Verizon compatible iPhones they have stock piled in the first two days of its release any day now...
  • Reply 32 of 318
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ski1 View Post


    Apple could very well do this, and should do it, if it is truly a hardware flaw. But this will be very costly and time consuming to design a fix to this issue and replace all the phones. While their sales suffer after they finally admit the issue. Will Apple do this on their own, or do they need to be forced to do it ? So far, all we have heard from Apple is denial.



    I agree...the problem is Apple is denying the whole issue.

    If I hold the phone like Steve did in his keynote presentation then I get "No Service" within 30 seconds.

    But he should not tell everyone "your holding the phone wrong" or "non issue".....

    That just sparks lawsuits like this one.....

    BUT I think suing at this point is extremely premature. Apple hasn't had a chance to formally address or fix the issue yet......

    They did say they would replace my phone when they get more phones in my local Apple store.
  • Reply 33 of 318
    nace33nace33 Posts: 94member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NCMacUser View Post


    Yep have to love it, technology ambulance chasers.....



    Yep have to love it, forum commenter ignorance ...
  • Reply 34 of 318
    kreshkresh Posts: 379member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Wonder View Post


    If you are not happy then take the iPhone back and get your money back.

    No need for a lawsuit!!



    I did take mine back, now what do I do with the several hundred iOS only apps that I bought? Live with my 3GS? Just bite the bullet and move on to a different platform? Blindly praise Apple? Just what exactly?
  • Reply 35 of 318
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NCMacUser View Post


    Yep have to love it, technology ambulance chasers.....



    Couldn't agree more.



    If Apple doesn't fix the issue, I think we can all agree that there is a reason to bring in the lawyers, but it's only been ~4 days.
  • Reply 36 of 318
    jdwjdw Posts: 1,127member
    If anyone needs to be taken to court over this, it is the sly FCC, not Apple. The regulatory hand of the US government is what really limits your reception, folks.
  • Reply 37 of 318
    onhkaonhka Posts: 1,025member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    A California law firm has asked iPhone 4 customers to share their experiences with reception on Apple's new handset, laying the groundwork for a potential class-action lawsuit.



    OK. So those having problems with their new iPhones quit the rhetoric and call them toll free: 1-888-285-333.



    Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff are what we call, true ambulance chasers http://www.kcrlegal.com/



    Heck, as previously suggested, everybody call them. Surely they would love to hear every potential complaint or for that matter from all those who aren't having problems.



    And heck, why not get a special Skype account as well to do so. Your call will be free in any case for US callers, although for the law firm, it won't be. And for the foreign callers it's like 2 cents/minute. Perhaps they will open up some international offices.



    Flood them with emails. In the meantime, Apple, in true form, will resolve the issue one way or another. Except, however, for the trollers who will continue to complain, never seeing the product, let alone owning it, who will never be happy as long as Apple is successful.
  • Reply 38 of 318
    thespazthespaz Posts: 71member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Jerseymac View Post


    The level of denial here is amazing. How much would Apple have to screw up before you all stop defending them?



    For two years I have had terrible audio quality and dropped calls on my 3G. Yet the iPhone flies off the shelves and the community here makes excuse after excuse for Apple and ATT. "We don't need to make phone calls. We don't need Verizon."



    Now that everyone is dropping calls (granted for different reasons) all of a sudden this is so unacceptable we're going to get lawyers. Yeah, it IS maddening when you keep dropping calls, isn't it?



    I'm glad the Kool Aid has finally worn off for others as it did for me when I was stranded on the side of the road with no signal on my shiny pretty iPhone.



    I have asked it before and will continue to ask: What good is a smartphone that can't make phone calls?



    Umm... I never had a problem with my reception or service until now. So yes, for the past 2 years with my iPhone 3G, I couldn't complain about the network or the service. Now, my iPhone 4 won't load a simple web page if I'm holding it comfortably. That's what we're complaining about. Not some freak accident dropped calls.
  • Reply 39 of 318
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by womble2k2 View Post


    As many people have pointed out, this affects all phones, and even further, radio devices. So are they doing a class action against every manufacturer of radio equipment which doesn't get 100% reception everywhere and under every circulstance?



    Phil



    We should also include satellite TV in this, which gets worse reception when the weather is bad.
  • Reply 40 of 318
    geekdadgeekdad Posts: 1,131member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by JDW View Post


    If anyone needs to be taken to court over this, it is the sly FCC, not Apple. The regulatory hand of the US government is what really limits your reception, folks.



    Well....the only problem with that argument is then ALL phones should have this same very issue.

    If I went to an AT&T or Verizon store and held a phone in my hand I would not see a gradual signal loss then get "no service". can you imagine? They would not sell any phones.

    I love my iPhone 4G! I just want it to work correctly! I don't think that is asking for a lot.......
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