1. c0mpguru's Avatar
    10-06-2009 05:39 PM
  2. whmurray's Avatar
    One expects little of AT&T. Moreover, one realizes that the iPhone data plan is priced differently from the plans for other phones that AT&T carries. One also realizes that, partly as a result of the design of the phone, partly as a result of the difference in pricing, iPhone customers use more data capacity than the owners of other phones.

    On the other hand, it is the essence of "network neutrality" that IP traffic not be gated on the basis of origin, destination, or application, much less device or software. AT&T's argument has been that the iPhone apps, not AT&T, were gating the traffic. Until now, they have pretended that this was a coincidence, or a unilateral act on Apple's part, rather than the result of an "agreement in restraint of trade" with Apple.

    Of course, AT&T and Apple also argue that we, the customers, consented to all of this in the fine print of our contracts with Apple and AT&T. We probably did. However, "agreements in restraint of trade" are illegal on their face and cannot be legitimized by our consent. The premise is that such contracts injure everyone, not just the customers.

    All that said, I am glad to see that AT&T is reducing some of the arbitrary restrictions (MMS, and now VoIP) on the iPhone.

    Next thing you know, they may even permit the Sling client to use the "broadband" network. I hope that Sling will take note of this decision and ask Apple and AT&T to treat their iPhone client the same way that it treats their Windows Mobile client.
    Last edited by whmurray; 10-06-2009 at 07:18 PM.
    10-06-2009 06:49 PM
  3. whmurray's Avatar
    Apple is quoted, by Joelle Tessler writing for the Associated Press, as saying, "We will be amending our developer agreements to get VOIP apps on the App Store and in customers' hands as soon as possible."

    So much for the argument that there was no "agreement in restraint of trade."
    10-06-2009 07:13 PM
  4. sting7k's Avatar
    AT&T charges $30 for all their smart phone data plans.
    10-06-2009 07:55 PM
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