I'm actually quite surprised that this suit has been allowed to continue at all. for a handful of reasons
1. there's no law against device/carrier contracts like this. Which is why T-Mobile has had the Sidekick it's whole life. and no law requiring unlocking in such cases (I believe when there's no single carrier gig they have to unlock at the end of contract)
2. the iphone is NOT a market. the market is smart phones. and Apple while perhaps holding the biggest percent is still overshadowed by the collective whole of the competition
3. No one ever told them or even implied a right to an unlock code at any point
4. They are focusing on US carriers but no other carrier can handle the iphone at its full use (unless they want to try to force Apple into making a CDMA phone but I doubt any court would go that far)
I'm all for dropping the right to link devices to a single carrier but that lawsuit has nothing to do with Apple. That should be the collective carriers and (if possible) the FCC. Toss in the whole ETF and same rates on and off contract and you've got something we can all support
Originally Posted by aaarrrgggh
I think the real question is why Apple chooses to not unlock phones. Only manufacturer I am aware of doing it in the US.
The US iPhones are locked to ATT because that's part of the contract between Apple and ATT
Apple isn't against unlocking where it is required or feasible due to multiple possible carriers. If they were, they would refuse to sell the phone in Canada, France etc.