28 September 2007

iPhone Gets Locked Down (again)

BBC News is reporting that the new iPhone update has disabled unlocked iPhones. Seems an opportune time to put up this image then:

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Via The Daily Irrelevant

The idea of locking a product to a single network (and then penalising those who chose to circumvent this) seems distinctly anti-competitive to me, and serves only to work against the consumer and in favour of monopolistic business. It is to be hoped that when the iPhone hits these shores (locked down to O2), the EU Commission (which has shown itself to be very adept at combating monopoly situations), or the UK's own Office of Fair Trading, will investigate and break down this behaviour.

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