Yes, again. AT&T’s special knack for customer dissatisfaction and exposing personal information just begs the question: why in the hell have Apple stuck with the telco giant for so long? The new iPhone 4 is a must-have for trendy tech pundits, but at what expense? With the stench of AT&T’s iPad email breach still hot in our nostrils, this one is just too sweet to pass over.
I’d rather not spray TouchMyApps with my opinion on where the platform is headed due to Apple’s short-sightedness, so I will opt rather, for one word which sums up my thoughts: phewy! Apple have become famous for sticking it to devs both big and small, the latest of which is the Moby Dick of developers: Google. According to Apple, apps which utilise Google’s Voice app, “duplicate features that come with the iPhone”. Perhaps they are referring to Free SMS? Cheap long distance? The virtual ability to switch carriers? Are Apple referring to those abilities, because when I review AT&T’s iPhone plan, there isn’t a hint of formal ‘duplication’ of any features, rather, a healthy slathering of innovation.
Not that we had expected much less – AT&T won’t be support tethering to your laptop when OS 3.0 debuts on the 17th of this month despite upgrades to their network. Still, better in many ways than the Canadian Rogers Corp., there was the slightest of hopes that the American Telecom giant would play nicer to its customers with OS 3.0 and the 3GS debut. As it turns out, even grandfathered GoPhone plans are subject to AT&T’s arbitrary decisions.
Daniel Burkholder, a TUAW reader tipped the website about AT&T’s divine new PR initiative.