Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 29th Sep 2009 08:50 UTC
Apple The European Union has stated today that it is taking the "exploding" iPhone issues very, very seriously. EU consumer watchdog Meglena Kuneva has explained that if national authorities find out that manufacturing faults are the cause of the issue, the iPhone will face an EU-wide recall.
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Another point of view
by mnemonics on Wed 30th Sep 2009 22:21 UTC
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Until Apple decided to sell their first mobile phone the world of mobile phone was ruled by EU (Nokia, Ericsson... France Telecom/Orange and many others) just like the computing world in general was ruled by the USA (IBM, Microsoft, Apple and many others). We could add that the hight tech consumer market was ruled by Asia (Japan first then Korea and China).(Sony, Nintendo, Samsung and many others). And this situation worked fine for many years. Then Apple decided not only to sell an attractive device on a european ruled market, but decided to change the rules of operator/subscriber contract by taking about 30% of the operator contract income. Until that day operators dictated to device manufacturers. Apple became a prominent mobile phone manufacturer in 3 years and made A LOT of ennemies in this business, especially in EU. Please remember that it's EU who forced Apple to stop exclusivity contract with operator and thus stopped Apple's tax on exclusivity tied opearators... No surprise now that the EU wants his money back and will do ANYTHING to hurt Apple. It is just economic war as usual my friends.

The very term GSM never meant "Global Service Mobile" wich, as you know better than I do means absolutely nothing ("Groupe de Services Mobiles" is the original meaning in french since France Telecom - now Orange - worked really hard for this standard, but you know french terms on a global scale don't work (notable exception with Apple's "Rendez-vous/Bonjour"...)

I really follow this because it happened in my country (France) and the very first "exploding" iPhone in late august deserves a rational analysis. The buzz about this story is just insane, way too insane to be honest. The phone still works after it "exploded" (duh !?!) and it is well known that the owner has always refused to send the phone to Apple for analysis... I have no doubt that there are some defective iPhone in circulation (just like any other industrial made hight tech devices). It's just too big too swallow knowing how EU Lobbyists and EU commissions work. Believe what you want but what I know is that when all french newspapers agree and impose their propaganda to the people it's a lie.

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