iCloud and MobileMe Push Email Suspended in Germany Due to Lawsuit








Apple has informed customers today that they are suspending the Push email service for iCloud and MobileMe customers in Germany due to Motorola Mobility’s successful lawsuit.

Affected customers will still receive iCloud and MobileMe email, but new messages will be downloaded to their devices when the Mail app is opened, or when their device periodically fetches new messages as configured in iOS Settings. Push email service on desktop computers, laptop computers, and the web is unaffected, as is service from other providers such as Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.

The mail services are still available for both iCloud and MobileMe, but mail must be downloaded manually or at a certain time.

Motorola won the injunction in early February, and was able to enforce it by posting a 100 million euro bond.  Apple is appealing the decision and Motorola may be liable for some amount of damages if it is later overturned.  Apple states in the support document that it believes Motorola’s patent is invalid and is appealing the decision.

Engadget states, “We’ve heard back from Apple and for its part, it is treating this as no big deal, focusing on the fact that it only applies to push email specifically and customers can still receive their emails other ways as mentioned above. As it is, it says this will affect only a “limited number of customers.” Check after the break for the company’s statement.

February 24, 2012