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MacBytes
Feb 25, 2008, 10:58 PM
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Anonymous Freak
Feb 26, 2008, 12:39 AM
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I'm referring to the original NZ Herald writers, not to MacBytes...

It's not that the iPhone will break Australian law, it's that Apple's current carrier-lock-in practices would break Australian law. Which obviously means that if they release it in Oz, it will be in a situation similar to France, where you can buy a 'subsidized' phone locked to a carrier, or an unsubsidized phone for way more. (Which this article completely neglects to mention, stating that even in France, you are locked to one carrier.)

Genghis Khan
Feb 26, 2008, 03:13 AM
yes it could break aussie law

but it's irrelevant as...

1) only one carrier (Telstra) supports EDGE
2) i've given up all hope of an aussie release and will soon be importing one

Anonymous Freak
Feb 26, 2008, 11:28 AM
yes it could break aussie law

Again, it's not the device that is illegal. "The iPhone" will be breaking no laws.

It is Apple's current business model of locking the iPhone to a specific carrier that would break Oz law. And as has been shown in France, they can get around that law by offering an unlocked one without a plan for significantly more. (France has the same basic law Oz does.)

And the fact of the matter is, if Apple wants to release it in Australia, they either need to get the law changed (unlikely,) or follow the law. Apple is not going to release it with terms that are in violation of the law. Again, see France.

SPUY767
Feb 26, 2008, 05:33 PM
This argument is getting old, and with more tired analogies from the league leader, I'm just fed up. Every NZ Herald IT article should be entitled, simply, "We Hate Apple."