Verizon Wireless Sued Over V710 Bluetooth Limitations
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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