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Apple and AT&T Hit With Lawsuit Over Disappearance of iPad Unlimited Data Option

June 26, 2010

Apple and AT&T have been hit with a class-action lawsuit over the removal of the iPad 3G unlimited data plan, which has been abolished and replaced with a capped plan. Here's how Apple described the change:
For new iPad customers, the $25 per month 2 GB plan will replace the existing $29.99 unlimited plan. iPad customers will continue to pre-pay for their wireless data plan and no contract is required. Existing iPad customers who have the $29.99 per month unlimited plan can keep that plan or switch to the new $25 per month plan with 2 GB of data.
Since June 9, three iPad customers have visited the law firm of Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein, LLP, in an attempt to take action against the companies for their removal of the unlimited plan. Check out the complaint below, which was posted on Business Wire:
The availability of an unlimited data plan was a key reason why consumers paid the extra $130 charge to access the 3-G network, and their ability to switch in and out of the unlimited data plan was also an important consideration in the decision to purchase an iPad,” stated Lieff Cabraser attorney Michael W. Sobol. “The complaint alleges that Apple and AT&T should have known at the time they were promoting the availability of unlimited data plans, they were not going to keep that promise.
Customers may remain on AT&T's unlimited data plan, but only if they continue paying the subscription fee month after month. It is not possible to stop one month, then jump back on the unlimited plan a couple of months later - as Apple and AT&T originally promised. Once the unlimited data door shuts, it shuts forever. Upon buying the next month's data plan, the customer will automatically be placed on a capped plan. So, who do you think is to blame? Is it Apple, or AT&T? Or perhaps you don't you have a problem with the data being capped? If we've paid an extra $130 for an iPad that can access a 3G network, shouldn't the cellular data allowance and charges remain the same? Let us know your opinion in the comments box below!

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