Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 19th Nov 2010 22:33 UTC, submitted by Governa
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Well, this is fascinating. There have been rumours going around for a while now that Apple is working with Gemalto on an integrated sim card, allowing customers to choose their own carrier and then activate the phone through Apple. European mobile phone carriers aren't particularly pleased with this.
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Tony Swash
Member since:
2009-08-22

This is a long fight.

But the outcome is almost certain.

The bit pipe owners will become mere utilities competing on price per bits and nothing else. The idea that bit pipe owners (carriers, cable companies, etc) should have any power over the end user or be involved in delivering anything other than a bit pipe will come to be seen as an anachronism.

Apple is the strongest placed player to break the power of the bit pipe owners. Their fight has been complicated by the emergence of Android which has temporally assisted the bit pipe owners to resist Apple's attack. Apple has manoeuvred through and around the bit pipe owners power but its strategic direction is set - to destroy the power of the bit pipe owners. This latest manoeuvre is part of the bigger game, a tactical shift, but the war continues. Let's all hope that Apple wins and the bit pipe owners power is broken. Then the bits can flow freely.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Let's all hope that Apple wins and the bit pipe owners power is broken. Then the bits can flow freely.


Except when those bits are critical of Apple, contain rumours about an upcoming product, nude people or pornography, or if those bits compete with Apple's bits, or... Or...

At least our carriers/ISPs here in The Netherlands don't care about what bits they send through, and at least our carriers/ISPs have actively been fighting big content and other anti-consumer, anti0privacy, and anti-freedom forces.

Carriers/ISPs > Apple.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Well, a lot of people really don't mind if a single company has sight and control on a large part of their life, so this might work anyway...

Examples are many. In the tech world, one may think of...
-Google, Facebook (obviously)
-Apple (considering how much information on a single individual can be extracted from an iTunes account)
-Microsoft (most of what happens on a PC nowadays goes through Windows and other black boxes from them)

Edited 2010-11-20 15:28 UTC

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Tony Swash Member since:
2009-08-22

"Let's all hope that Apple wins and the bit pipe owners power is broken. Then the bits can flow freely.


Except when those bits are critical of Apple, contain rumours about an upcoming product, nude people or pornography, or if those bits compete with Apple's bits, or... Or...

At least our carriers/ISPs here in The Netherlands don't care about what bits they send through, and at least our carriers/ISPs have actively been fighting big content and other anti-consumer, anti0privacy, and anti-freedom forces.

Carriers/ISPs > Apple.
"

Once the power of the bit pipe owners is broken it will stay broken.

Then you can choose whether you want a curated experience or not.

No matter how big or powerful Apple get there will always be alternatives to Apple's curated model. Nothing Apple does comes close to the power and restrictions that the bit pipe owners currently have.

Try buying just one cable TV channel - the one you want - from a cable company. Impossible. In the future such restrictions will seem strange and weird.

If you want digital freedom then support those attacking the power of the bit pipe monopolists, even if that means supporting someone like Apple that you may have other differences with or whose product model you may dislike.

The key battle for digital freedom now is that to break the power of the bit pipe owners, everything else is secondary.

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werpu Member since:
2006-01-18

This is a long fight.

But the outcome is almost certain.

The bit pipe owners will become mere utilities competing on price per bits and nothing else. The idea that bit pipe owners (carriers, cable companies, etc) should have any power over the end user or be involved in delivering anything other than a bit pipe will come to be seen as an anachronism.

Apple is the strongest placed player to break the power of the bit pipe owners. Their fight has been complicated by the emergence of Android which has temporally assisted the bit pipe owners to resist Apple's attack. Apple has manoeuvred through and around the bit pipe owners power but its strategic direction is set - to destroy the power of the bit pipe owners. This latest manoeuvre is part of the bigger game, a tactical shift, but the war continues. Let's all hope that Apple wins and the bit pipe owners power is broken. Then the bits can flow freely.




Problem here is that apple just wants to take away the power and use it itself, unless the entire handling is done by a third party I would not trust either of them. The status quo here at least is that if you travel you just get yourself another sim card and drop it into your phone, if you have an unlocked phone which is easy to get.
What now happens then is that you are dependend on the current mood of uncle Steve for that, do you really want that?

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