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Cingular drains Apple's brand

2007-01-11 18:22:01.609489+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Yesterday Apple announced a new phone. So far it's vaporware, so I'll leave the pros and cons to other people, although the trademark dispute has been amusing. But the thing I wanted to comment on is that you can only get it through Cingular, which sucks. We have coverage from them because they were the only people with a tower anywhere near our house. However, over the year and change we've had these phones the coverage has gotten more spotty, not just here, but everywhere else. There are huge dead zones around San Anselmo[Wiki], and the dropped calls have made this something we can only use when the car is stationary.

Had we known how bad this was going to get, we would have just stuck with our Sprint plan, which was cheaper and had fewer dropouts. So no matter what the feature set there'll be no "iPhone" in my future.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-01-12 15:03:24.660009+00 by: Dan Lyke

Speaking of the iPhone: /. reports on several articles that claim there'll be no third party apps on the iPhone. The Steve Jobs[Wiki] quotes are things like:

We define everything that is on the phone. You don’t want your phone to be like a PC. The last thing you want is to have loaded three apps on your phone and then you go to make a call and it doesn’t work anymore.


Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.

Bullshit. You can put multiple processors in the phone. You can compartmentalize those processors. It'd be easy to let your phone play games or run applications that had no network access in a different universe than your primary apps, even if they had read-only access to whatever filesystems you've got available on the platform.

No, this is all about control. Maybe users want to be dictated to, I've misread markets before, but that design philosophy makes me think that when this product finally comes out it won't be one I'm interested in.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-01-13 02:16:45.667648+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Apple has long aimed their market at users who want to be dictated to, and in a way that's helped them; without significantly differentiating themselves from PCs and Windows, they would've evaporated years ago.