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Apple: why iPhone jailbreaking should not be allowed
Posted Feb 13, 2009 21:49 UTC (Fri) by foom (subscriber, #14868)
And then give money to the EFF to help ensure that modifying a device you bought and
own to be more useful isn't declared illegal!
Posted Feb 13, 2009 21:57 UTC (Fri) by salimma (subscriber, #34460)
Posted Feb 14, 2009 14:26 UTC (Sat) by tialaramex (subscriber, #21167)
Posted Feb 14, 2009 21:34 UTC (Sat) by lacostej (guest, #2760)
Define "more expensive". Doesn't this depend on your phone usage ?
T1 mobile + 40$ monthly plan = 180 + 40*12*2 = 1140 $ for 2 years.
This could give you a G1 dev phone + over 7 100$ refill on a T-mobile prepaid plan: http://www.t-mobile.com/shop/plans/Prepaid-Plans.aspx
i.e. ca 8000 minutes. If you call less than 11 min per day on average (like me), you're better with a G1 dev phone. And it's unlocked.
Note: I am not living in the US, I just tried to find something I would use if I was in the US. There are maybe non T-mobile cheaper pre-paid plans as well.
Posted Feb 15, 2009 5:38 UTC (Sun) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
The unlocked version is not tied in any way, shape, or form to T-Mobile.
If your in the USA you can use it with AT&T if you want, or the small handful of other GSM using cell phone service providers.
Cell phone providers outside the USA are generally all GSM and use frequencies compatible with the G1. (check your local area..) So you can use your current provider or cell phone plan or any of the huge number of pre-paid phone/data cards available to folks outside the USA.
Anyways... Freedom isn't free. It never has been, nor will it ever be. So if you give a crap about having a open system to run your software on then the strongest signal you can give is to put your money were your mouth is. If it's not possible that is one thing, but it usually is.
T-mobile's plans, are in effect, trading you discounts for Freedom. How much are you really worth? Like I said it's one thing to not have choices, but it's another to have choices and pick simply based on cost.
I am not going to by a Android phone that is locked into a service or requires special signed firmware. It's just not worth it.
Buying a locked-down Android phone is worse then buying a iPhone, as far as a end user is concerned. You don't get any freedoms and the interface and the available software on the market isn't as good. If your going to buy a pair of handcuffs you might as well get the shiny pair.
Posted Feb 15, 2009 14:07 UTC (Sun) by fb (subscriber, #53265)
As far as an end user is concerned, she can't "just" upload music or videos to an iPhone using Linux - which applies as we are at LWN ;-). Nor do you have a physical keyboard.
Still regarding end users, AFAIK in the countries where they can get away with it, it seems that Apple/Telecoms actually plan to not release unlock codes to customers once their contract finishes.
Regarding the freedom point, you ought to reckon that the software platform is freely modifiable and redistributable, while the iphone's is proprietary; and that a sale of a "locked" G1 strengthens an open platform, an iphone's not so much.
Posted Feb 15, 2009 14:18 UTC (Sun) by nix (subscriber, #2304)
Posted Feb 17, 2009 12:37 UTC (Tue) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
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