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Apple Shuts Down Push Email Service in Germany Over a Patent Suit

by Sean P. Aune | February 24, 2012February 24, 2012 8:30 am PST

Apple has shut down the “push” function of MobileMe and iCloud email in Germany due to a legal spat with Motorola Mobility in that country.

In one of the numerous patent suits Apple is currently involved in around the globe, Motorola Mobility scored a victory in Germany when it comes to the technology that pushes email to your phone automatically.  This does not, however, mean that email is totally useless.  As Apple explained the situation to Engadget in a statement:

This ruling only impacts customers in Germany who use a Push setting to get their MobileMe and iCloud email. These customers will still receive email to their devices. Apple believes this patent is invalid and is appealing the decision.

Until this matter is settled, Apple has set up a page in both English and German to explain to how to use your email.

If this is anything like the pulling of iPads and iPhones from Apple’s online store earlier this month, it may be quickly resolved, but we’ll just have to wait and see for now.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...