[FoRK] More iPhone analysis
<jbone at place.org> on
Sat Mar 8 14:16:36 PST 2008
On Mar 8, 2008, at 3:16 PM, Ian Andrew Bell wrote:
> On 8-Mar-08, at 4:44 AM, Jeff Bone wrote:
>> On Mar 7, 2008, at 9:17 PM, Lucas Gonze wrote:
>>> Also, no VoIP apps or anything else which threatens their own
>>> line. Apple has to approve of your business purpose, just like the
>>> phone companies.
>> Small correction, VoIP over wi-fi is apparently fine; just no VoIP
>> over the WAN.
> .. which is about as useful as, oh, public WiFi.
If you live in San Francisco, Manhattan, and a few other places that
might be okay... except...
> But of course if you have to keep the VoIP app in the foreground in
> order to receive any incoming calls, the whole rest of your handset
> is utterly useless.
That is an excellent point... grrr...
> Ultimately this is supposed to be self-correcting, but for the
> collusion which has existed in the telecom industry for many decades
> -- now extending to the vertical handset and application providers
> who are trying to advance the ball. It is a model that can only
> change with the introduction of new spectrum owned by an outsider
> whose prime interest is disrupting the marketplace.
I completely agree with the premise: same as it ever was. I'm not
sure the conclusion follows, though.
I think there's a consumer revolt in the making. And I wouldn't count
Android out as a real force for change, or Google --- if they really
decide to weigh into this thing, it could be a tipping point situation.
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