Jim

Apple sticks it to iPhone hackers

In Biz on October 1, 2007 at 9:17 am

Apple iPhone warning proves true

An Apple software update is disabling iPhones that have been unlocked by owners who wanted to choose which mobile network to use. Earlier this week Apple said a planned update would leave the device “permanently inoperable”.

Why is it that this contract gamesmanship irritates me? I don’t own an iPhone. I’m not even in the market for any kind of smart phone. And it’s just business. But forcing one to use a particular, expensive service AND to pay for the gizmo (even at a putative discount) that makes use of it just feels wrong.

I don’t have to buy a .mac account to use my computer. And I’m glad. I like my Mac, but, dude, if I had to lock into some stupid AT&T contract, I’d probably have gotten a Dell, instead.

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