Linked by David Adams on Tue 5th Aug 2008 21:15 UTC, submitted by peskypescado
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I have recently been in the market for a new smartphone. The iPhone looks like some nice hardware and I'm already an AT&T customer, but after Apple's trend of pulling Apps from iTunes lately I'm just not buying. Apple has proven to me that I don't want to live in a closed ecosystem. It made me realize what my real issue with Apple is: their business practices.
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Faustian Deal
by ahmadster on Tue 5th Aug 2008 22:28 UTC
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The way I see it, Apple went into a Faustian Deal with AT&T. When OSX came out, Apple was trying to play nice. You could tell this was not going to last once they were on top. The iPhone is showing us Apple's behavior when they have a majority market share.

Strike 1: "There is no SDK!, use Safari". NO Copy & Paste.
Strike 2: No SMS, MMS, Video, Voice Record, Bluetooth sync, Locked and Bricked iPhones, no contact sharing. NO Copy & Paste.
Strike 3: No video chat, NO Copy & Paste.

Now with 3G, you get to pay an extra $10/month for giving up all ability to SMS text messaging. Oh yeah.

I gave my iPhone away in February, so before the 3G hoopla.

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RE: Faustian Deal
by Morgan on Tue 5th Aug 2008 22:47 in reply to "Faustian Deal"
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While I pretty much agree with everything you said, I have to point out one inaccuracy for posterity's sake. You said:

Strike 2: No SMS

But there is indeed SMS, in an iChat bubbly format no less. You can even send one message to multiple recipients as of 1.1.4, and reportedly you can SMS for free using AOL IM for the iPhone (I've not tried it myself).

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RE[2]: Faustian Deal
by ahmadster on Wed 6th Aug 2008 15:11 in reply to "RE: Faustian Deal"
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Yes, true, I mistyped. I was thinking no contact sending through SMS. I couldn't believe it when someone asked me to send them someone else's phone number and I couldn't. I had to find a pen and paper to write it down. I'm use to simply selecting a contact and then SMS'ing it over.
But you are correct, SMS did exist unlimited under iPhone 1

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RE: Faustian Deal
by OSGuy on Wed 6th Aug 2008 12:32 in reply to "Faustian Deal"
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"Now with 3G, you get to pay an extra $10/month for giving up all ability to SMS text messaging. Oh yeah."

Your ending is missing a spice! Probably a better ending would have been:

"Now with 3G, you get to pay an extra $10/month for giving up all ability to SMS text messaging. Oh yeah and by the way did I mention No Copy & Paste??" ;) ;)

Sorry couldn't resist it - either way, I don't have one nor have I used one so I can't confirm whether it does have it or not but if it doesn't then that's pretty poor. Even my SEW810 has a Copy & Paste. When you type an SMS, you click on More->Edit and you have Copy, Copy All and Paste. When you press Copy, a little button appears saying "Start" and when you press Start, it starts selecting the text when you move the arrows. A neat work around for a non smart phone. My next phone might be one of the HTC Windows ones but I want them to fix the few issues mentioned in the reviews first - battery life and few other more minor ones.

Edited 2008-08-06 12:39 UTC

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