>Unlocking the carriers’ grip on handset specifications, marketing, and content distribution.

It stayed the same, data caps, lock-ins, and overage charges.

Nothing has really changed other than the devices.

The providers are going to sell what devices consumers will buy.

Apple broke no ground on accessing the pipes. And that is the most important thing.

The information. The access. That is most important. As long as these providers own the pipes the device using it is secondary.The device is sold to to have access to the pipes.

Apple did nothing to change that. In fact they entered a 5 year agreement with AT&T, then Cingular.

Something like a touchscreen device was clearly inevitable. Apple did it best first. Good for them.
12:27 am — Tuesday, 17 January 2017
@Dicknose: +1

Proof is right there in the pudding: even an unlocked iPhone has carrier settings profiles, to lock you down to only those carriers Apple approved. Apple benefits from the carrier/smartphone-maker arrangement as much as ever. The only difference is that they were the first to identify and cater to a market of willing customers for a desirable product that people were actually willing to pay full whack for.

And that's all.
1:35 am — Tuesday, 17 January 2017
apple did fuck with the carriers a little. here's one of my favorite joe wilcox pieces, titled 'why verizon won't let apple announce the iphone."

6:11 pm — Tuesday, 17 January 2017
>“How did they get AT&T to allow [that]?”

>“It’s going to collapse the network“

>“The carriers aren’t letting us put a full browser on our

Mike Lazaridis, BlackBerry’s founder and vice-chairman

>“Apple’s got a better deal,”

>“We were never allowed that. The U.S. market is going to be tougher.”

Jim Balsillie, BlackBerry’s co-CEO

Apple leveraged the popularity of the iPod and had the carriers competing with each other on who would be first to sell the successor to the iPod.
9:15 pm — Tuesday, 17 January 2017
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