This is hypothetical, but similar fact patterns have occurred in reality. I'm interested in UK law here. Also, I'm not a law student, and this is not my homework.
Suppose that Alice buys a Device. The Device was manufactured by MegaCorp and sold to Alice by retailer Bloggs Gadgets. It comes with a one year warranty.
The Device is designed to connect via the Internet to servers run by MegaCorp. This is required for much (though not all) of its advertised functionality. Alice purchased the Device for these Internet-enabled functions.
Two years after Alice purchased the Device MegaCorp discontinued the Device line and shuttered its servers. Alice was left with a Device that still theoretically worked, but could not be used for the purpose she had purchased it for.
Alice wants either a refund or for the servers to be re-enabled. On the refund, she argues that an electronic device might reasonably be expected to last 10 years, but she has only had 2 years use, so she wants 80% of the purchase price refunded.
Both Bloggs and MegaCorp argue that the warranty was only for one year, so they are not obliged to do anything; Alice is in the same position as if the Device had suffered a hardware failure.
MegaCorp refers to the terms in their End User License Agreement, which state that their services may be withdrawn at any time and for any reason.
MegaCorp also argues that only 10% of the Device price was for the servers, so even following Alice's logic below, she is only due 8% of the purchase price, not 80%.
MegaCorp disclaim any contract with Alice; her contract, they argue, was with Bloggs.
Bloggs argues that the servers are the responsibility of MegaCorp, and that Bloggs had met all their contractual obligations once the warranty term expired.
Alice contends that part of the price of the Device was the cost of running the servers, and that there was an implied term of contract that these servers would continue to be available for as long as the Device was working. She also argues that the Unfair Contract Terms Act prohibits service contracts in which the supply of the services is entirely at the discretion of the supplier.
Can Alice claim the 80% of the cost of the Device from either Bloggs or MegaCorp? If Alice must claim from Bloggs, can Bloggs then claim from MegaCorp?