Apple Will Face Lawsuit Over Phone-Switching iMessage Issue

imessage_ios72Just two days after introducing a tool allowing users to deregister their phone numbers from iMessage, a judge has ruled that Apple will face a federal lawsuit over the issue. Apple allegedly failed to notify consumers that leaving the iMessage system and switching to an Android phone would prevent them from receiving messages from other iPhone owners.

According to Reuters, Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that former iPhone customer Adrianne Moore's lawsuit, filed earlier this year, will be allowed to continue. Moore's lawsuit alleges that she ceased receiving messages after she switched to the Samsung Galaxy S5 from an iPhone 4, which interfered with her contract with Verizon Wireless. Moore is seeking both class-action status and unspecified damages from Apple.

In court documents, Apple argued that there's no law covering technology that "simply does not function as plaintiff subjectively believes it should," and that it did not claim iMessage and Messages would be able to recognize when iPhone users switched to non-iPhone devices.

In a Monday night decision, Koh said Moore deserved a chance to show Apple disrupted her wireless service contract and violated a California unfair competition law, by blocking messages meant for her.

"Plaintiff does not have to allege an absolute right to receive every text message in order to allege that Apple's intentional acts have caused an actual breach or disruption of the contractual relationship," Koh wrote.

An inability to receive messages after switching from an iPhone to an Android or Windows device is an issue that has affected many former iPhone users over the years. It occurs when iMessages sent from other iPhone owners are routed to a deactivated iPhone rather than being forwarded as a text message to an active smartphone.

Earlier this week, Apple introduced a tool that allows users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in order to prevent the issue from occurring. Prior to the launch of the web tool, there was no way for users to effectively remove themselves from the iMessage system.

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Top Rated Comments

RRmalvado Avatar
126 months ago
The Deregister tool was a long time coming and should've been introduced at around the same time iMessage was.

But shockingly, here come the Applelogists!
Score: 111 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jontech Avatar
126 months ago
If that is the case then shouldn't ATT be sued for dropped calls?
Score: 58 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WordMasterRice Avatar
126 months ago
This is the very definition of a frivolous lawsuit. Plus, it would be very hard to prove damage in this case.
Damages will likely be mostly punitive, and justifiably so.

This should be quite obvious that if you switch to an android device you will not be able to use iMessage, you should have noticed that it does not work at all when you message your android buddies... unless you are the biggest moron on earth you need to be advised about this fact...
Thanks for posting with 0 knowledge of the actual issue.
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iphone495 Avatar
126 months ago
This is the very definition of a frivolous lawsuit. Plus, it would be very hard to prove damage in this case.
Score: 48 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheHateMachine Avatar
126 months ago
The Deregister tool was a long time coming and should've been introduced at around the same time iMessage was.

But shockingly, here come the Applelogists!
Yea, the spin doctor law experts here did not waste any time jumping this article and manning the apple defense shield.

"Moore is seeking both class-action status and unspecified damages from Apple."

Alright, so because she couldn't receive messages anymore, she thinks she is entitled to monetary compensation for damages? This is ridiculous.
Who knows what these missed messages could have caused her. Would you be perfectly fine with you old phone manufacturer essentially holding some of your mobile phone features hostage?

Couldn't she have just disabled iMessage before switching to a new phone? So for her not disabling iMessages, she is now entitled to damages?
Did you read the article?

"Earlier this week, Apple introduced a tool that allows users to deregister their phone number from iMessage in order to prevent the issue from occurring. Prior to the launch of the web tool, there was no way for users to effectively remove themselves from the iMessage system."

Funny how they suddenly released a method to do this only after the threat of a lawsuit. I guess there really was a problem and perhaps this case has merit.

She's going to be shocked to learn that her car won't operate on nautical routes either. Bugger off.
You should at least read the article as it seems you have zero clue what is going on here. If you can't be arsed to, maybe you should the one to bugger off mate.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Nermal Avatar
126 months ago
Only in the U.S. can you sue anyone for anything. Plus it would be very hard to prove damage in this case.

There are plenty of documented cases of this issue. While it's difficult to come up with a monetary value, it's very easy to prove that there's a problem - especially when Apple sat on this known issue for three years.
Score: 45 Votes (Like | Disagree)