Wil Shipley’s written a superb essay on the dangerous game Apple’s playing:
But why is the iPhone locked to a single carrier, so I can’t travel internationally with it? There’s really only one viable reason: Apple wanted a share of the carrier’s profits, which meant giving AT&T an exclusive deal. Which meant, we get screwed so Apple can make more money. It’s that simple.
Of course – as one commenter notes – Apple’s ultimate responsibility is to make money for its shareholders. But…
That sure reminds me of the old, crappy Apple. The one that almost went bankrupt because of its hubris.
[Via Daring Fireball]