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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/13441/court-declares-iphone-owners-victims/

Court Declares iPhone Owners Victims

August 1, 2010 by

Ted Frank of the Center for Class Action Fairness reports that a federal court has certified an antitrust class action brought on behalf of all iPhone owners—alleging Apple’s exclusive deal with AT&T illegally monopolizes the market for “iPhone telephone service.” Frank notes this is a mandatory class, “meaning that every iPhone owner with an AT&T Mobility two-year contract is now involuntarily represented by attorneys that apparently care more about the possibility of extortionate settlement profit than the clients they purportedly represent.” Frank is looking for an economic expert to refute this “quack antitrust analysis” on the record as part of an effort to decertify the class. If anyone is interested, more information is available at centerforclassactionfairness.blogspot.com.

{ 14 comments }

Ohhh Henry August 1, 2010 at 11:25 am

Kind of like declaring half of the countries in the Middle East to be “democracy deficit victims” and then giving one’s defense department and spy agencies an unlimited mandate to correct the deficit.

Dan August 1, 2010 at 12:01 pm

That sucks I just bought the new iPhone yesterday but that was before I knew I was getting ripped off. I’m also using an iPad right now that I thought I loved, but I bet that I just don’t know what is good for me and I’m getting ripped off with it too. Damn Steve Jobs for making products that I think I love and use all the time when in reality I’m just too stupid to know what I like.

Matt Pritchard August 1, 2010 at 12:36 pm

This is why the state is necessary.

Shay August 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm

I don’t even have an iPhone and I feel like I’ve been ripped off too!

Jake August 1, 2010 at 11:55 pm

Techincally, you are getting ripped off.

Sprint and Verizon not only has better plans than ATT, they also have better phones. I’ve used both the iPhone 4, Droid X and the HTC Evo 4G. The Evo and Droid blows the doors off of the iPhone 4. Better OS, better app services, real multi-tasking, and the fact that they can be used on all 3 major carriers.

Also, HP’s new tablet coming out this fall is going to do all the iPad won’t. Flash capability, multi-tasking, USB ports, etc.

Now, that doesn’t change the fact that the ruling was stupid. But you are getting ripped off never the less.

Apple is innovative, but their ideas have been advanced by other companies. I guess that can be chalked up as a win for the free market.

J. Murray August 2, 2010 at 5:36 am

I wouldn’t go that far. I don’t have an iPhone myself (sporting the HTC Droid Incredible), but saying it has better apps is a bit of a stretch. iPhone purchasers by and large buy the thing to play games on it. This is something the Droid systems don’t have much in terms of quality and quantitiy. The iPhone is designed as a light entertainment system that happens to make calls now and again. It’s designed perfectly for the market. The Android, on the other hand, is a serious business and productivity tool, something the iPhone and iPad can never hope to accomplish (their closed nature makes it difficult to create productivity software and inter-system connectivity).

If you purchased the Android phone for playing games and messing around on Facebook, bad move. If you purchased the iPhone or iPad to help with your business, bad move. Flip it around, it then functions as intended.

Dan August 2, 2010 at 9:07 pm

The Iphone does everything I need it to do and so does the Ipad. I haven’t ran into any problems of not being able to do something that I wanted to do with either. If that is getting ripped off then I hope get ripped off more often.

Jesse R. , I play October 20, 2010 at 10:53 pm

Dan, probably this means you are like me and most people, we really like playing games and “losing time” on social networks. But I guess J. is right, Android does have some neat productivity apps.

iRoaring.com August 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

Why not open it iPhone??

Capt Mike August 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm

An… and.. How come when I pull into a Texaco Station, I can’t get Chevron?? Huh? What’s up with THAT?!?

Tad August 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

Capt. Mike…. You do get Chevron at Texaco stations.

Capt Mike August 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I KNEW somebody was gonna say that. You’re right. But I think the joke still kinda works.

bob August 2, 2010 at 3:09 am

You’re right.

Pat August 13, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Not sure but the Antennagate is blown out of proportion.

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