For example, New Yorker Dongmei Li is sueing Apple, AT&T Wireless and Steve Jobs himself for price discrimination, underselling, discrimination in rebates, and deceptive actions.
It’s because she could only get a 4GB iPhone on launch day, then saw Apple drop the price of the 8GB model by $200 and discontinue the 4GB version. Dongmei isn’t the only unhappy iPhone owner though…
Users on Apple’s own iPhone forums are rumbling about a possible class action lawsuit over Apple’s “refusal to service” users with unlocked iPhones, or iPhones with unauthorised third-party applications installed on them.
Apple might not be worried about the specific lawsuits – the company has half-decent lawyers after all – but it should be worried about the growing sense of dissatisfaction among iPhone early adopters over the company’s actions.
In particular, the decision to try and keep iPhone a closed system is giving rival handset manufacturers a stick to beat Apple with, if they’re clever enough to latch onto their openness as a marketing tactic.