5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G

July 11, 2008

The free software foundation speaks up. See their 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G.

Those are exactly the kind of questions I have been asking and the arguments I have been telling you for a while now. Great, that the FSF speaks up, too.

Oh and just in case you think “FSJ is just a bunch of over enthusiastic long haired people”, listen to Bruce Schneier, a well respected security expert in a recent WIRED article.


Boycott the exclusive carriers! Buy your iPhone in Belgium

July 8, 2008

Mobistar (the exclusive provider in belgium) will offer fully unlocked 3G iPhones.
8GB @ 525 EURO
16GB @ 615 EURO

So there is really NO NEED to support your local exclusive carriers with ripping you off. 

Source: Reuters 

 

P.S.: Probably the exclusive carrier in France (Orange) is also forced by the law to sell unlocked iPhones.


AppStore – What if your app gets rejected?

July 6, 2008

Anyone thought about the following:

  1. You have a stunning business plan which includes a nice iPhone / iPod Touch application
  2. After convincing your investors (and getting your funding) you start working hard on your app
  3. After several months and thousands of dollars spent on development you upload your new shiny app to the AppStore for aproval and distribution
  4. Apple rejects it.
There are some guidlines on which type of apps are “allowed” and which not, but they could still reject your app for other reasons – maybe because it canibalizes their own apps – or even worse their exclusive carriers revenue (for example with a chat application, cutting revenue on text/sms).

Official unlocked iPhones in France – prices revealed

July 6, 2008

See iphonefreakz.com

Well, it’s pretty expensive to get hands on an officially unlocked iPhone, but take into account that you’ll probably get some kind of compensation when signing a new phone contract without buying a new phone, so just subsidize your officially unlocked iPhone yourself! Take into account that when you sell it again one day, you’ll probably even get a better price, since it is officially unlocked (no issues when updating to a new firmware, all sim cards, works worldwide, ….).

In Belgium the law probably requires officially unlocked iPhones, too – but so far nothing has been announced and the launch will probably be delayed.


iPhone carrier exclusiveness is HARMFULL!

July 5, 2008
Regardless which point of view you choose – carrier exclusiveness sucks! 
1) Customer
As a customer you have to buy the iPhone from one of the exclusive carriers, including a multi-year contract.
Even if you fulfilled your contract (or exited early via early termination fee), the property you bought (the iPhone) is not really yours,
since it’s just a useless paperweight without ANOTHER new exclusive carrier contract.
Apple or the exclusive carriers should be legally forced to OFFICIALLY(!) unlock iPhones which exited a contract

2) Developer
Developers look forward to the AppStore. The AppStore (=iTunes for Software) allows developers to sell their Applications directly on the customers device.
Apple takes 30% of the sales prices, so the developer gets 70%.
So whats important for the developer? A huge market – right. Whats makes a market huge? Right – authorized unlocks, since otherwise people probably wont update to the 2.0 appstore firmware and instead stay with 1.1.4 and use the inofficial installer.app – no revenue – great!

All this bad customer associations with the carrier-lock in ALREADY influence our mac software sales.
I work in the educational sector and while only one year ago a lot of people switched to the mac, now people add much more critzism when its about apple,
like -their are just another evil company, they are locking in their customers, probably they’ll lock you in with the mac like with the iphone- and so on.
The bad iPhone press and the poisioned atmosphere around the exclusive carriers (like evesdropping AT&T or T-Mobile) already influences the apple brand itself!

3) Investor
Well – Apple earns from iTunes sales and 30% from AppStore sales.
Anymore questions? The more iPhones in use, the more Apple will earn. So not officially unlocking iPhones just sucks from an investors point of view.
The revenue comes from the USE of the device, not the initial SALE of the device.
Of course the “brand issues” mentioned in the developers point of view apply here to – probably (in the long term) even more significant.

b.t.w.:
We (geeky) people all tend to forget the following:
There are a LOT of people not willing to sign a contract with one of the exclusive carriers, but they probably would buy used iPhones (and then produce revenue via AppStore and iTunes store).
Many (geeky) people are probably also able to unlock, jailbreak and activate their SIM-LOCKED iPhones, but out there is also a vaaaaast majority of kids, moms, grannys and so on, probably many of them already bought used (jailbreaked, unlocked and activated) iPhones, but they WONT be able to upgrade, jailbreak, unlock and activate them THEMSELVES, so they wont update – so: no appstore, no revenue for apple, the investors and the developers.

Am I really the only one realizing, that Apple shoots in his own knee with the carrier exlusiveness?

There are only a few options out of this vicious circle:

  1. blog it! we need public reception!
  2. don’t buy the iphone from an exclusive carrier
  3. let apple know, that they suck (some options mentioned here: http://crippledtechnology.wordpress.com/2008/07/01/take-action/)
  4. if you can’t resist buying the iphone, import it officially unlocked from a country, where apple and the providers are forced by the law to offer it unlocked (france)
  5. tell everybody you know – see 1.

Open Source vs. AppStore

July 5, 2008

Just thought about the concept of the AppStore. It looks very problematic for open source software. Since developers have to register for Apples iPhone Developer Program (and pay at least 99$) projects need someone with “final controll” about the Application and the source. The whole deal of open source Applications (simply branching as a skilled user and using your own customized app) will probably be impossible with the iPhone.

In addition to this: Will we every see Apple accepting iPhone apps in the AppStore which canibalize their own apps (like a maps application using the wiki style maps created by the opensource project openstreetmap.org instead of Googles commercial map data)?


take action

July 1, 2008

If you have sympathy for those ideas, you definitly should take action.

Write letters (see “corporate address” in the upper left) to Apple, use their feedback form, file bugs concerning the authorized unlock issue, blog it, blog it, blog it, join movements like freetheiphone.org by the freepress NGO, complain at FCC (or your local equivalent agency) consider sueing Apple or your exclusive-carrier and finally if you don’t already own an iPhone, but can’t resist to buy it: Buy a prepaid version and HACK IT! Show Apple and the exclusive carriers, that this business model will FAIL! We still put our hope in europe, especially france. The french law forces apple to offer unlocked iPhones their, we hope that they aren’t locked to french carriers only, so if you can’t resist, consider importing your iPhone from france. Help turning the carrier-exclusiveness model into the biggest failure possible.


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