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Verizon Wireless Sued Over V710 Bluetooth Limitations

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Jan 17, 2005, 1:23 PM   by (staff)

Verizon Wireless is being sued in a California court for "willful, deceptive and oppressive conduct" in limiting the Bluetooth functionality of the Motorola V710. The suit was filed by law firm Kirtland & Packard, who is seeking class-action status for the suit. While the V710 supports three Bluetooth profiles, it does not inlcude the OBEX profile, which would allow users to exchange files between the phone and other devices. The suit claims Verizon misled users by advertising that the phone can "connect to your PC or PDA whenever and wherever you want". Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney claims the limitation is required by the company's agreements with BREW software developers. Meanwhile, Bluetooth SIG executive director Michael Foley spoke out against Verizon, saying "[We are] very disappointed in this (Verizon's) implementation decision and believes [sic] many consumers who purchased [the V710] for the Bluetooth capabilities are frustrated and confused as a result." In response, the SIG plans a new "best of breed" designation for Bluetooth phones that implement Bluetooth functionality beyond the most basic profiles.

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Rock and a Hard Place schnozejt Jan 17, 2005, 1:44 PM
Kirtland & Packard Has Got Nothing schnozejt Jan 17, 2005, 3:36 PM
Verizon should be shut down, but this is a good start. petemcroy Jan 17, 2005, 3:45 PM
Interesting little article staiano Jan 26, 2005, 2:24 PM
Moto V710 joachim Jan 20, 2005, 5:11 PM
Just a quick question... HeroPsychoDreamer Jan 26, 2005, 10:36 AM
Why sue when you can switch? pcrisp07 Jan 17, 2005, 1:45 PM
This is the reason for disabling bluetooth capabilities!!!! bkw79 Jan 17, 2005, 11:33 PM
OMIGOD PLEASE LET IT END!!!!!!!!!!!! 60660 Jan 24, 2005, 3:30 PM
Closing in on 500.... shadedpain4 Jan 24, 2005, 2:06 PM
This is how I understand this whole deal VWO4L Jan 23, 2005, 3:08 PM
What's The Big Fuss Over VZW??? 60660 Jan 18, 2005, 10:34 PM
Idiots.....all of VZW customers gjh311 Jan 20, 2005, 10:34 AM
Ok this is ridiclous PhoenixAshes Jan 19, 2005, 9:44 AM
In the middle dj nicc Jan 17, 2005, 4:16 PM
Rant and more Rant lexical Jan 17, 2005, 3:29 PM
Relax and think this one through... Stevo2k4 Jan 17, 2005, 3:56 PM
It's not hard to find....... akaszuba Jan 20, 2005, 12:59 PM
In disbelief BigRob Jan 17, 2005, 5:25 PM
Tug-Of-War? Zaniphan Jan 22, 2005, 11:31 AM
 
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