Sunday, January 14, 2007

What's this guy thinking?

Glenn Lurie, Cingular's president of national distribution, bragged to journalists about how Cingular made Apple bend over with the new iPhone and impose a bunch of toxic-to-consumer restrictions (typical AT&T fashion). My favorite quote: "there are bad guys out there that unlock phones." Steve won't be happy.


Blogger Ricky Clarkson said...

I thought it was crazy enough for the music industry to charge 15 quid (25 dollars) for a piece of plastic with some music on it, and then try to prevent you from giving a copy to your friends, but the practice of phone locking truly makes a mockery of the idea that you bought the phone.

The practice of locking a phone to one network should be illegal; it's against the interest of the public.

Even locking a SIM card to a network is daft; I have a UK phone that can use any network in France, Spain, etc., but only one in the UK. I'd be more likely to be able to make an emergency call with a foreign phone; maybe I should carry a Spanish SIM card. Here's an amazing one:

O2 is a subsidiary of British Telecom, and is a mobile phone network in the UK.

O2 owns Manx Telecom, the only mobile phone network in the Isle of Man, an island between the UK mainland and Ireland.

O2 has no roaming agreement with Manx Telecom (itself), so O2 users cannot use Manx Telecom.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

That's insane. Telcos are so absurd. I was really hoping Apple would circumvent them somehow.

4:16 PM  
Blogger Ricky Clarkson said...

I think we'll have to wait for Google on that one; they have a bit more clarity of vision.

5:24 PM  

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