iRevolution: Breaking the chains from Apple and AT&T

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While everyone is excited about the new 3G iphone (as I am), I feel compelled to complain about the exclusive distribution deal that Apple and AT&T have in place for this beautiful little gadget! I don’t like exclusive deals like this and hope that more of us complain about it so that it doesn’t become a common business practice.

Choice

This is the United States of America and we believe in our freedom of choice! In this day and age I find it appalling that we are forced to purchase a mobile device from one specific carrier! How did this happen? There’s no way that we should stand for this.
We should be allowed to use whatever carrier we want to use: T-Mobile, Sprint, Verizon, whatever! Shame on Apple and AT&T for this blatant money grub maneuver. Our best interests were not considered one iota! They only thing they focused on was the bottom line which was profit and revenue.

The iRevolution Has Begun!

What can we do about this? Well, a revolution has begun already. People are going with other phones such as the Blackberry. Others are waiting for the GPhone from Google slated for release this fall. Another thing that many frustrated consumers are doing is unlocking the iPhone so that they can use the carrier of their choice! Yes, it’s totally legal, easy to do and get this, it’s free!

Unleashing the Beast
http://www.ziphone.org is the best place to start. It’s been around a long time and has been very successful even for the most novice of users. They’re already working on the 3G version so that will be available very soon. Once you do this, then you will be able to use the carrier that YOU, not Apple or AT&T wants you to use! What a concept, huh?

So Easy Even a Caveman can do it!

Final Thoughts

Look, I like Apple and AT&T and can’t wait to get my hands on the 3G iPhone someday. I just don’t like what they’ve done here with their exclusive deal that has totally taken away our freedom of choice. If they want to establish a system with different levels of preferred vendors as Microsoft and others have done, then fine. Apple could’ve made AT&T their premiere or preferred vendor of the iPhone with greater quantities and preferred product shipment and support, but they should not have closed the door on all of the other carriers!

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  • http://www.jaymartinez.com/ Jay M

    I to want one of these beauties but stuck with tmobile if i am wrong please correct me. If i buy the phone at an apple store or at&t do i not need to activate right then and there. Or can i buy now activate later type of thing.

  • http://www.jaymartinez.com Jay M

    I to want one of these beauties but stuck with tmobile if i am wrong please correct me. If i buy the phone at an apple store or at&t do i not need to activate right then and there. Or can i buy now activate later type of thing.

  • http://rachelsodyssey.blogspot.com/2008/06/kevin-fowler-floores-country-store-67.html Rachel

    I too am holding off on an iPhone because of the AT&T issue. It’s mostly principal for me. Even though I can do the hack, it just doesn’t seem right. I don’t want to bother.

    My current contract expires in December of this year so I plan on comparing iPhone vs. gPhone vs. Blackberry at that time.

  • http://rachelsodyssey.blogspot.com/2008/06/kevin-fowler-floores-country-store-67.html Rachel

    I too am holding off on an iPhone because of the AT&T issue. It’s mostly principal for me. Even though I can do the hack, it just doesn’t seem right. I don’t want to bother.

    My current contract expires in December of this year so I plan on comparing iPhone vs. gPhone vs. Blackberry at that time.

  • http://edwardstafford.com/ Ed

    I left ATT/cingular before the iPhone was launched and have no intention of going back. I’d rather live without the iPhone, as much as I wouldn’t mind have one, just to spite them for pulling this kind of exclusive deal (not that it makes a difference). But you are spot on with this post. I couldn’t have stated it better.

    The Blackberry Bold will also be 3G and already has my attention. From what I was reading about the first gen gPhones was that they will not be ready to compete with the iPhone / blackberry “YET”!!!.

    Ed – @pixel8r

  • http://edwardstafford.com Ed

    I left ATT/cingular before the iPhone was launched and have no intention of going back. I’d rather live without the iPhone, as much as I wouldn’t mind have one, just to spite them for pulling this kind of exclusive deal (not that it makes a difference). But you are spot on with this post. I couldn’t have stated it better.

    The Blackberry Bold will also be 3G and already has my attention. From what I was reading about the first gen gPhones was that they will not be ready to compete with the iPhone / blackberry “YET”!!!.

    Ed – @pixel8r