Apple is facing a major class action lawsuit in the United States, after a number of disgruntled iPhone users clubbed together to take the Cupertino company to court over a Wi–Fi error found in the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5s.
The default, which was found in 2012, meant users were charged for using data even when they were connected to the web using their iPhone’s Wi–Fi. The problem was spotted and fixed by Apple and U.S. network Verizon, with the latter’s customers not having to pay for the mistakenly used data.
However, law firm Hagens Berman has found that Apple did not issue a fix to customers on the AT&T network, keeping it from them and consequently forcing them to pay the data charges.
In a filing, the law firm said, “We believe Apple should not have withheld this repair for AT&T Wireless subscribers for any period of time. By withholding this information and repair, consumers were unaware of the defect and were left to sort out high cellular data charges with their wireless carriers.”
Apple has yet to comment. The case is set to continue well into the new year.
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