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Apple fails to end lawsuit claiming it disabled FaceTime on older iPhones

Apple claimed that the users did not suffer an economic loss since FaceTime is a free feature

IANS  |  San Francisco 

Apple

has failed to dodge a which claims that the Cupertino-based tech giant purposefully disabled on iOS 6 to force users to upgrade to iOS 7.

According to a report in CNET on Monday, the company has failed in its bid to dismiss the and the US District Judge Lucy Koh has ruled that and 4S users can pursue claims against

"Plaintiffs claim that intentionally 'broke' in order to reduce the cost routing calls through third-party servers," the report noted.

In a bid to save itself from the lawsuit, claimed that the users did not suffer an economic loss since is a free feature.

"Plaintiffs paid for their and is a 'feature' of the iPhone and thus a component of the iPhone's cost. Indeed, advertised as one more thing that makes an iPhone an iPhone," Koh said while dismissing Apple's claims.

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