OT: LinuxTag '09 in Berlin, Germany
openmoko at ginguppin.de
Wed Jun 17 11:54:42 CEST 2009
> A good move in this respect would be if the European Community would
> simply forbid the practice of subsidizing phones. Maybe we should start
> a petition for that ;)
i guess, with apple's and providers' restrictions on available apps for
phones, thus limiting the freedom of choice for users, we're a step closer
to that (could be compared to the browser wars).
but subsidizing devices and making the customers pay kind of rent, is a
venerable business model.
the lever probably is the freedom of choice (see internet explorer), ie
the openess in terms of software to be installed by the user, thus
creating a free market for software and services and destroying the
benefits of limitation.
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