Class Action Lawsuit Over iPhone Exclusivity Certified
how is this different...
People 'could' actually unlock an iPhone and use it on T-Mobile or another mom-pop (Cinci Bell?) wirless. I personally would expect it to be thrown out.
If its 'an app' specific reason (i.e. this app is only on the iPhone), blame it on the application vendor - they can make apps for other devices, but chose not to.
As far as AT&T goes - Apple made the phone that supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900 + UMTS/HSPDPA 850/1900/2100. It happens that carriers in the USA do not support this technology - with the exception of T-Mobile, which ONLY supports GSM 1900 on the iPhone.
you can't unlock the phone legally in the US. You have to buy it and import it from one of the few countries in the world that don't allow carrier locking
Well, there is no legality involved, but Apple will not give an unlock to a US iPhone. I'm sure AT&T has something to do with it. redsn0w unlocks and jailbreaks at the most are warranty voids.
You can do this on all phones but the I-phone. I go to Asia 3 to 4 times a year. I have used everything from Blackberryâ€™s to phones w/ the droid applications.You can only use AT&T roaming services for this device. meaning Roaming charges that cost more than using pre paid services in that country. No matter what happens with this issue, I am willing to bet. That some changes will be made regarding unlocking these phones.(most likely on the early models of the i-phone.) but thats just wishful thinking.
from every other At&t or T-mobile phone that isn't unlocked by the manufacturer? I don't get why the iphone is being singled out...
The difference is that the iPhone is the only GSM handset in the USA that CANNOT be issued a legitimate unlock code. Period. Never.
That's what's different.
Plus an accessory manufacturer can make accessories that last more than 3 months. There are a lot of people outside of Apple and AT&T that are making money from the iTouch/iPhone market. Why do you think Microsoft has dominated for so long in the PC world. There is more stuff available for a PC than any other brand, just like there is more stuff available for the iTouch/iPhone than any other product in its category.
Not to mention that there is NOTHING preventing something made for Android 1.5 from working with a 2.x device unless the programmer was an idiot and tied it to specific code. or for windows, or palm, or blackberry. see, most code changes arn't ground up rewrites, so those little changes mean nothing to the typical developer.
Again, you make your code work with the WIFI and BLUETOOTH radios and have your equipment have a on device software app, and it doesn't matter about changes.
wired transmission is dying, an...
Microsoft's software is the same no matter what computer you put it on. Android is not the same on every device, if this was the truth, as soon as Google released a new version you could just upgrade. But no, you have to wait and see if the manufacturer of your device is going to release an update.
As far as bluetooth is concerned, there is not a unified standard on that either. Phones come with 1.5 thru 2.1, ...
It's also drop dead simple pairing a phone to a car. Most decent systems with aubibly talk you through it. As the concept becomes more standard, it, like digital media, will become the norm and you won't think anything more of synching your phone wirelessly to your home net...
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People forget these phones are heavily subsidized with a contract, AT&T needs some way of getting there money back. When you buy the phone, Apple gets there money instantly, AT&T has to wait 6 months to 2 years depending on your service plan to recoup the money they spent on the phone.
It's the ONLY phone that does this. So even after you complete your two years, even after att got all their money back, they STILL own your phone.
And this isn't like CDMA where this is the rule, we're talking GSM where totally locked phones are the exception.
Heck, even Verizon GSM roaming phones are easy to unlock. The only requirement is that you have an active verizon line, you call tech support and they give you the code, no hassle, no cost.
Since iOS is only on one carrier, the customers with hundreds invested in apps would have to "lose" all that data if they went to a different OS.
I don't think the lawsuit has merit, but that's why it's different.
Blackberry, WINMO, and Android all have devices across multiple platforms.
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