iPad Unlimited 3G Data Plans
September 2013: A federal district judge preliminarily approved settlements to a class-action lawsuit against Apple Inc. and AT&T Mobility LLC. The complaint, which was filed in 2010, alleged that Apple and AT&T marketed Apple iPads as having a flexible, no-contract, unlimited 3G data plan that gave customers the flexibility to freely switch back and forth among different 3G data plans based on their budget and data needs. In reality, however, the flexibility and unlimited data plan only lasted five days, which had the effect of locking customers into whatever data plan they initially chose, according to the complaint. Pursuant to the terms of the Apple settlement, Class Members will receive a $40 cash payment. According to the terms of the AT&T settlement, AT&T Non-Subscriber Settlement Class Members will receive a $20 per month discount on a 5GB iPad3G data plan from AT&T for up to one year. (In Re Apple and AT&T iPad Unlimited Data Plan Litigation, Case 10-cv-02553, N. D. CA.).