By now everyone is losing their minds over the new Apple iPhone, which was announced at MacWorld 2007 this morning. It does look pretty sweet. There’s only one problem; the iPhone’s “official” service provider is Cingular – and in order to use Cingular you have to sign away your legal right to sue them.
That’s right. The Consumerist is reporting that Cingular has changed its contract so that users are required to waive their right to sue Cingular by trial and jury, as well as their right to be part of a class-action suit against Cingular. Specifically, the new contract forces users to agree to dispute resolution via informal measures, small claims court, or binding arbitration only. No judge and jury, no class action suits.
There you go. In the land of the free, a mobile phone user contract frees you from your rights. Fortunately, you are also free to trot over to another GSM service provider for your iPhone, such as T-Mobile. It will likely require a hack or two, but hey, if I can do that anyone can.