Apple has just lost lawsuit over revoked AT&T unlimited data plans. It is to give $40 to each and every subscriber of the Unlimited Data Package for iPad 3G.
The scheme to lend unlimited data to possessors of the iPad 3G was scrapped by Apple about three years ago. This led to a lawsuit being filed against Apple which had dragged on in court for a while. The case has been put to rest after both Apple and AT&T agreed to pay the penalty.
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When the unlimited data service was terminated, many subscribers felt they had been cheated. It was almost like they were seduced into the act of buying an iPad 3G and then left in the lurch. Also more payment was made for a cheaper service than should have been made. The settlement was overseen by District Judge Ronald Whyte in San Jose, California.
As part of the agreement, Apple is to issue $40 checks to those who paid for the iPad 3G prior to June 7th, 2010. Additionally, those who did not use the service of AT&T will get a $20 monthly discount on the telecommunications company’s 5GB scheme for a full year’s time span.
A lot of finger-pointing had taken place with Apple and AT&T being the main targets. Many people felt they had been hoodwinked and swindled. From February of next year, the checks will start being received by those who have been wronged. Apple and AT&T will have to be more careful in the future. Their image depends upon it.