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Apple dragged to court for deliberately stopping iPhones from texting Android mobiles

A former iPhone user is suing Apple over a text messaging issue that the company claims it does not know how to fix. The iMessage bug in question robs former iPhone users of their ability to receive texts from current iPhone users.

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The phone is unable to recognise when a former iPhone user has switched over to the Android operating system. This means that, when an iPhone customer tries to text somebody who has already converted to Google's mobile operating system, the phone tries and fails to send it as an iMessage.

Despite this, the iPhone claims that the message has been sent successfully.

It is believed that the problem has been in existence since the release of iOS 5 in 2011.

Adrienne Moore, who is taking Apple to court over this, switched from Apple's services to an Android-running Samsung smartphone and has been affected by the problem.

She also claims that the Cupertino-based firm is deliberately avoiding sorting out the issue because it might adversely affect its rivals in the smartphone market.

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According to Bloomberg, Moore also said that people who make the move from Apple devices are "penalised and unable to obtain the full benefits of their wireless-service contracts."

So the dirty war between Apple and Samsung goes on, it seems.