Updated: Lawsuit Alleges That Apple And AT&T Oversold The iPhone 3G; Data Outage Hits Northeast


A lawsuit filed last week in San Diego claims that Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) and AT&T (NYSE: T) knowingly oversold the iPhone 3G, which promised fast speeds, but was bogged down by a glut of customers using flawed devices, reports AppleInsider. The 18-page complaint was filed by William Gillis, a customer, who primarily bases his complaints on Internet reports of problems and maintains that information leaked out to the public contradicts statements by both Apple and AT&T about 3G network performance. Also this morning, there are several reports of an iPhone data outage hitting the Northeast U.S., affecting everything from email to Web browsing.

Of course, this isn’t the first lawsuit to surface. Last month, a lawsuit was filed claiming that the device was defective, and AT&T and Apple were forced to settle a lawsuit involving visual voicemail.

UPDATE: AT&T acknowledged that its mobile data services, such as Web surfing had stopped working for Northeastern customers this morning, but that the problem was fixed just before noon, Reuters reports. AT&T said the problem did not affect voice calls, text messages or mobile e-mail on BlackBerry devices. “We identified it as a routing issue in the way data is routed to and from wireless devices,” said AT&T spokesman Mark Siegel.

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