Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for iPhone 5 Wi-Fi Defect That Caused Data Overages

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple today was hit by a class action lawsuit from iPhone 5 and 5s users on AT&T's network. The lawsuit alleges that the Cupertino company knowingly concealed a defect in the iPhone 5 and 5s that caused the devices to use LTE data even when connected to a Wi-Fi network.


    In September 2012, some iPhone 5 users noticed the bug after finding that they were going through more data than usual. Shortly after the issue came to light, Apple and Verizon issued a fix for the bug, with Verizon confirming that users affected by the bug would not be charged for their data use.

    However, according to an investigation by law firm Hagens Berman, Apple and AT&T never issued a fix nor did they acknowledge the defect. The firm and plaintiff Thomas Palmer believe that Apple should not have kept the fix from AT&T customers, and that the company failed to address the issue even as it released iOS 7 and the iPhone 5s.
    Specifically, the law firm says the defect occurred when a user streamed "high volumes of data" for 10 to 20 minutes. In this case, the GPU would take over all video decompression, decoding and presentation to the display. Because of this, the CPU was not needed and would go to "sleep" to conserve battery life. When the CPU went to sleep, the defect caused both the iPhone 5 and 5s to switch from streaming data via Wi-Fi to LTE.

    Article Link: Apple Hit With Class Action Lawsuit for iPhone 5 Wi-Fi Defect That Caused Data Overages
  2. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
  3. nazaar macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2008
  4. mikeyteh macrumors member


    Jun 24, 2013
    Maybe Samsung can just pay for this class action lawsuit and get rid of the middle man
  5. MacCubed macrumors 68000


    Apr 26, 2014
    My iPhone 5 on Verizon still does this, last month it burned through 10GB of data without me knowing....
  6. rolsskk macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    One would imagine that hiring a lawyer would be a whole lot more expensive than overage fees.
  7. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    I love bugs like this! Totally bizarre sequence of steps that leads to an unchecked failure. Whoever tracked this one down was feeling good that day!
  8. pad1986 macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2015
    I'm not sure this is an Apple problem...

    Apple are not responsible for your data plan... essentially it would have to be the phone companies to notice an issue and then either rectify the problem or contact apple to report an issue.

    Clearly this wasn't affecting all carriers and all phones.

    Carriers install their own profiles onto the phone - so i think it should be the individual phone companies that should be taken to court for not issuing a fix or informing their customers of the possible problem.
  9. kgtenacious macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    Apple wrote the code, Verizon and Apple both knew about the code problem and issued a fix, why Apple didn't offer the fix to ATT is beyond me. This certainly is an Apple problem, as well as an ATT problem.
  10. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    Can unlimited data people get in on the class action lol

    When you sell 10 million devices someone's going to find the lucky combo
  11. koulmj Suspended


    Mar 18, 2013
  12. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    I've had 6 GB/month for over 5 years now (all with iPhones), and I never once went anywhere near that limit... until I got my iPhone 6. I've been over or near every month since.

    It seems like something's up.
  13. 73b macrumors regular


    Aug 22, 2014
    East Coast
    I was affected by this bug on Verizon and never found a solution. Apparently Verizon's fix worked but I was still charged for overages caused by random usage of over 100MB overnight during previous months. Wish I could get in on this.
  14. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    AT&T customers would be so happy to receive $0.02 in the mail for a phone bill that cost them hundreds of dollars.
  15. kgtenacious macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    If you read the complaint, especially section III, you'll see that it was not by any means a bizarre sequence of steps.
  16. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    And some of the so-called plaintiffs are grandfathered on unlimited.
  17. Trius macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2008
    Sure is convenient for At&t. I can't imagine why they ignored this issue. :rolleyes:
  18. Tbone999 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    I had this same problem with my daughter's iPhone 4. ATT claimed large data overages; when I looked them up they all occurred at around 3-4 a.m., a time at which my daughter was in bed in our house and any activity on the iPhone should have been on wifi. (The other issue being, what was going on at that hour with her phone when she was asleep.) ATT blamed Apple and Apple said I had to take it up with ATT; the issue was never addressed.
  19. BruiserBear macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2008
    That's not how this works. The law firm investigated this problem on behalf of customers and filed the lawsuit. It's now seeking customers who are interested in joining the lawsuit. In other words the customers have no risk and no costs.
  20. Brandhouse macrumors 6502

    Aug 6, 2014
    Seriously?! Only in America. I'm not responsible, I'm too dumb to find out how to change something and everything is 'your' fault.
  21. JonneyGee macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2011
    Nashville, TN
  22. macs4nw macrumors 601


    The 'legal scoundrels' talked them into it no doubt, and convinced the AT&T subscribers there's free money to be had.....
  23. rizzo41999 macrumors 6502


    May 27, 2009
  24. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    What is the 'change sonething' that one can do to fix this?
  25. PBRsg macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2014
    This behaviour is different from what is documented and mobile plans are almost always more expensive than home Wi-Fi. I don't like ridiculous lawsuits but it seems like this could have cost people money.

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