Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Jan 2018 23:36 UTC
Legal

Third party phone repair shops say that phone makers like Apple and game console makers like Sony and Microsoft have effectively monopolized repair, using their size and power to drive smaller companies out of business.

Verizon and Apple have worked in union to thwart such bills in several states, but traditionally don't like to publicly talk about their lobbying on this front. They now have another state to worry about, with Washington State considering their own right to repair bill, created in the wake of outrage over Apple's decision to throttle the performance of older phones to (Apple insists) protect device integrity in the wake of failing battery performance.

I've said it a million times by now, but I see no reason why computers should be treated any different than cars: PC and phone makers should be forced to publicise the necessary information to allow third-party repair shops to repair their devices, all without voiding warranty.

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daedalus
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2011-01-14

I tend to drive older cars, and haven't come across any problems getting parts from a dealer. Up until recently I was driving a VW Golf GTI that was just about 20 years old, every dealer could still get parts. Some more unusual parts (like ECUs etc.) would take 2-3 days to get but most standard parts would be there the following day, and service parts were still held in stock. I guess it changes depending on where you live...

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