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

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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RE[2]: Comment by ahferroin7
by ahferroin7 on Wed 31st Jan 2018 14:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ahferroin7"
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I'm not saying I agree with it. I think it's absolutely stupid too (and it gets even stupider in other industries that do this). I'm just saying that from a purely business perspective, I can understand how they arrived at the incorrect conclusion that it is good for business.

As far as users 'supporting' it? I don't think any of them really do except the absolute zealots of each brand. There are all kinds of other reasons people buy iPhones (although I'm of the opinion that most of them are invalid other than vendor lock-in), and it's generally only those of us who have some understanding of the inner workings who have significant interest in them being easily repairable.

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