quote: So I thought there was some sort of legislation a while back making it so all cell phones had to be unlocked at the users request. Is that just wrong remembering?
quote: ...Established telecoms are obviously none too thrilled about initiatives like this, as they have lobbied fiercely in the past to stop cities like Seattle from laying fiber when the ruling provider—Qwest, in this case—doesn't even have plans to lay its own.
quote: It's the law in parts of Europe and elsewhere around the world, but here in the U.S. the telecoms have won out over consumers thanks to the vast amounts of money into lobbying and pressuring government officials.
quote: Apple, in fact is trying to get the government to do the reverse -- outlaw jailbreaking and outlawing.
quote: It claims that jailbroken/unlocked iPhones are a terrorist threat as it claims they can be used to attack cell phone towers. To call such claims ridiculous is to put it mildly, but what worries me is that with all the lobbying money supporting locking, our elected officials might actually go along with them...
quote: One can only wonder if Apple is truly trying to defeat the unlockers.
quote: It also allows tethering -- a feature currently banned by Apple and AT&T
quote: STEVE. iPhone sales are down this month. You know what that means.PHIL. Time to release another update?STEVE. That's right. Make it a little harder to get them unlocked this time, why don't you? The more hackers we can sell extra hardware to, the better.
quote: With iPhone unlocking, the powerful handsets are no longer constrained to only run the apps that Apple allows. And with jailbreaking, users can jump onto other networks...
quote: One can only wonder if Apple is truly trying to defeat the unlockers. If so, how can the schemes of its seasoned engineers continually be foiled by Hotz and his legion of young iPhone hackers?