Opening the closed iPhone

Google’s Mark Pilgrim makes an excellent point that if you want Apple to open up the iPhone platform, stop buying it. However, the other way to achieve the same thing might work as well. The iPhone is so popular, that people simply demand more out of it.

For the first time, cellphone users who previously didn’t even care about buying a PDA or a smartphone, now they want applications on their iPhone. This is a good thing for the industry and the consumer, and no matter how much AT&T and control-freak Steve Jobs himself might push Apple to keep things closed or offering their SDK to their partners only, eventually they will open up.

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Dimitar Uzunov wrote on October 8th, 2007 at 2:22 PM PST:

Isn’t this iPhone craze only an American thing? Certanly no local media attention here. I wonder..


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Eugenia wrote on October 8th, 2007 at 2:23 PM PST:

That’s because the iPhone has only be released in 2-3 countries so far. But that’s going to change.


Carl wrote on October 8th, 2007 at 3:26 PM PST:

In Norway the iPhone has had an enormous press coverage from day one. A lot of people are running around here with unlocked iPhones as well, including me. Currently, the USD is so low compared to the Norwegian krone that it is almost idiotic not to buy. 🙂


Ivan wrote on October 8th, 2007 at 10:42 PM PST:

In Belgium, there is a law against ‘coupled sales’, which is the case with the iPhone. Mobile phone provider Orange tried the same (selling phones really cheap but they only worked on the Orange network). Orange is gone since long, here. So now I wonder what Apple will do here. The iPhone is certainly not present on Apple’s Belgian website. The iTouch is.


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