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    The AT&T is Dumb Report

    April 10th, 2012

    AT&T has at last updated their policy about refusing to unlock iPhones, and thrown their customers a bone. A very small bone. The new policy only partly echoes the unlocking methods used by their main competitors in the U.S.: Sprint and Verizon Wireless. The iPhone is also available, or becoming available, with several smaller regional […]

    Android is Fragmented Except When It’s Not

    April 1st, 2011

    There is a story this week that Google is trying to, at long last, crack down on a very serious problem with the open source Android OS platform, and that’s fragmentation. Up till now, handset makers, and even those building would-be iPad killers, felt free to tear out parts of the OS and add their […]

    So Do You Really Need a Verizon iPhone?

    February 4th, 2011

    The reviews are in, and, to nobody’s surprise, it does appear that Verizon Wireless is quite doing well with preorders of the iPhone, although there appear to have been some glitches in the ordering process. The real test will come next week when the unit actually goes on sale. Then we’ll be able to separate […]

    The World of Wireless Carrier Tyranny

    January 28th, 2011

    When you buy a consumer electronics product from, say, a Best Buy chain store, you are not just the customer of the retailer, but of the manufacturer whose product you purchased. If your Mac fails, you will generally call Apple, or visit the Genius Bar at an Apple Store, if one is nearby (yes, I […]