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Stevebeoulve2 Sep 24, 07
Eh. I kind of saw this coming. I'd be pissed of I knew that someone's hacking my product to use with another company besides mine.
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MicahWrites Sep 24, 07
This may not be a fair analogy but . . .

If Ford says their cars wun best on Shell gasoline would it be fair of them to put something in their cars to kill the engine if it detected something other than Shell gasoline?

In my view this is a violation of fair use if Apple intentionally cripples hacked iPhones that don't run on the AT&T network.

But of course, they have a bazillion lawyers to hammer out ultra-fine print EULA's that give them more power than any deity or omnipitent being out here.
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Cillchaoi Sep 24, 07
Actually, a better analogy would be AOL's client software. They write their software to be used for their service. If someone modifies the program to dial into another provider (such as Earthlink or PeoplePC), it does not mean that AOL must support the modified version nor does it mean that they should rewrite future versions of the software so that they can continue to be modified or to allow easier modification for accessing other providers. They are writing their code to support the uses for which the technology was intended. Apple is doing the same thing.

I shall also point out that when one buys a PCS phone, they realize that the only provider with whom they can use it is Sprint. It doesn't mean that someone might try to modify the phone to work on CDMA or TDMA instead of PCS but it does mean that the phone is no longer supported by the manufacturer in that configuration nor will it be expected to continue to work in an alternate configuration if the software is updated to a new version provided by the manufacturer.
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MicahWrites Sep 25, 07
If people just wait several months Apple will start opening up the contracting possibilities to other service providers. Everbody's stuck with AT&T right now because the offered the best bid to Apple for the first exclusive rights.
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