Here’s the thing about the iPhone.
Yes, it is cool, but frankly I don’t want to deal with all the brouhaha over this toy (and I am calling it a toy because any feature that I would like to have had installed has been precluded by the AT&T/Apple agreement, and I shall discuss that anon.)
I am wondering why AT&T isn’t getting more of the brunt of the fallout from this shite.
When you have a phone and you want to get it unlocked (as is now LAW) you call the service provider, that’s AT&T folks, and you ask for an unlock code.
Has anyone actually done this?
Has AT&T said no?
AT&T is the one who wanted an exclusive contract with the iPhone and has anyone looked at the contract as to what they have specified is required on Apple’s part to maintain this exclusivity?
There really is no precedent set for this kind of tenacity in the cell phone business, but then again, the iPhone is its own animal.
Apple, on the other hand is doing WAY more than other phone companies do to update their “phone”; as far as updates to the iPod, it isn’t unrealistic.
They haven’t even really bricked the thing either… if you BRICK it you cannot back out changes. This is possible. I’ve seen it on YouTube (and if its on YouTube it MUST be true…)
Anyhoo, if you hack your computer, you automatically lose all rights to bitch if you continue on with your updates from the manufacturer.
No argument here people, you can’t have it both ways.
Any of you who overclocked your computers know this as well. You take your chances and if it doesn’t work IT IS YOUR FAULT. Now, stop freakin’ whining about it. I have no sympathy for you and if you whine, I will just make fun of you-well, more than I already am.
Come on, they even warned you that the next update will break hacks. If you didn’t want to have that happen, you could just not do the update. Its not to hard to figure out. Even my cat knows not to do something twice that hurt her (but then again, I like cats better than people. Most people are petulant children who never grew up.)
Then there is the combined virtual entity of Apple and AT&T; just how much has Apple agreed to try to prevent use of the hardware that they contractually agreed to license exclusively to AT&T? (or if you want to harp on AT&T) just how stringent are their contractual requirements of Apple to prevent expected hacks? Is this just due diligence on Apple’s part?
But truly, AT&T is being seriously draconian in locking this thing down so hard. No carrier no wifi? Pardon me?
Apple is kissing AT&T’s ass by doing all this and it makes me wonder why the hell they offered up the iPhone to them in the first place. You can’t install anything, ringtones are as (or more) expensive than an entire song, any sort of useful tool is killed immediately and returns the iPhone back to what I consider a glorified iPod. And I even like Apple…
I smell a rat.
Steve Jobs is an arrogant yutz, but he still has a decent eye for a bargain… so what the hell was he thinking?
So to recap in a less snarky manner:
-Realistically, there are lots of ways of making the hardware work with other carriers. This is not a brick after you do the hacks (and consequently DON’T put in the update that Apple said outright would break any hacks.)
-Apple is most likely trying to live up to its agreement with AT&T as it is contractually obligated.
-People have a way to make this phone work on other networks BUT they must live with the consequences of making it do so.
-I don’t see why I would ever want this phone, it does virtually nothing if you play by the rules.
Oh and Dongmei Li of Queens, NY… shut your trap. I hope you are counter sued by every single person in this country for wasting the court’s time AND MY TAX MONEY because you are a stupid excuse for a human being and are simpering because you can’t get as much money as you paid for an iPhone because you bought it fresh off the boat.
If you bought a car and turned around to re-sell it, you would lose money, too.
Grow up and stop acting like a whiny little baby.