Apple now faces second class action suit over Wi-Fi Assist

Apple now faces second class action suit over Wi-Fi Assist
Last month, a Class Action suit was filed against Apple for failing to tell users that Wi-Fi Assist was eating through their monthly data allowance. The feature seamlessly switches an iPhone connected to a Wi-Fi network, over to the user's cellular carrier if the Wi-Fi signal becomes weak. Sounds great in theory, but the feature was enabled by default when Apple disseminated iOS 9.

Apple failed to tell users about this until a month after iOS 9 was pushed out. As a result, some iPhone users were totally surprised when they received the monthly bill from their carrier, and saw how much mobile data they used for the month. As a result, there are now two Class Action suits filed against Apple, both seeking more than $5 million.

The second suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California by one William B. Cottrell. The suit charges Apple with violating California's unfair competition law, and false advertisement law. It also claims that Apple mislead customers on purpose by omitting or hiding facts about the feature, including the fact that it was turned on by default.

Apple has stated that most users will see just a "small increase" in data usage with Wi-Fi Assist. Aftr all, the feature won't activate when the iPhone user is streaming music or video.  The plaintiffs who filed the original Class Action suit, claim that Apple is downplaying the increase in data usage that Wi-Fi Assist is responsible for.



source: Scribd via AppleInsider

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8 Comments

1. Calvin35

Posts: 43; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I could see this costing some people alot of money.

3. justReLaxx

Posts: 31; Member since: Nov 03, 2015

I wonder how much their overage charges were. It just seems like they're taking this situation to squeeze as much money as possible from Apple. All bad on Apple tho.

7. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012

This is how a chrisma is happening with blind isheep, and they r still okk :)

9. blingblingthing

Posts: 842; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

it just works

10. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

ooh look here, this feature uses both wifi and my 4g? That means it won't use any of my data right?

17. dimas

Posts: 3259; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I hope the plaintiff and other future suing people win this one. Having automatic money sucking phone feature that a manufacturer don't tell the users is an unfair action.

21. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Live by the sheep die by the sheep

30. PHYCLOPSH

Posts: 636; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

Apple will lose this one. Count me in on the settlement payout.

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