Originally Posted by lonestar1
In other words, stealing revenues from AT&T and Apple.
Your ethics seem to be on par with your common sense.
Yes, I know... the world owes you a living, and a pony, too.
I like how it's so simple for you.
Given AT&T's behavior as a corporate citizen, yes, I have ZERO QUALMS about them not getting a dime from me. I'm not denying that for one second, so wow -- yeah, you really got me! But I sleep perfectly well at night about this.
Apple's gotten plenty of revenue from me over the years, not just through my hardware and software purchases, but through the business I've driven their way, directing clients toward Apple products. I'm an independent businessperson who does Mac-focused consulting for a living. You know, the farthest thing from thinking someone "owes me" anything.
Now, let's look at this another way. Forget about me. The world doesn't owe Apple or AT&T
anything, either. Just as with any individual human being, corporations need to earn respect and good will; they shouldn't have it handed to them, either. (Apropos of nothing, something the airline industry needs to learn.) Apple's done a lot to earn my money, though. But AT&T, not so much.
No one here has yet addressed AT&T's reprehensible behavior with regard to their cooperation with warrantless wiretapping, followed by their shameful sense of entitlement to retroactive immunity. No, somehow, one guy on the Internet who's "stealing" from an unethical corporation is the problem.
Nor has anyone even broached the subject of how utterly BROKEN the cellular phone system is in this country, with regard to how they do business. At the outset, Apple was a bit of a beacon of hope, with the possibility that they might do things differently. Instead, they've sold themselves out even more to AT&T, now going so far as to go for a completely conventional, backwards, subsidized-in-exchange-for-cheaper-phone arrangement.
And fine -- if you're going to do that, go ahead. But at least have the decency to do what every OTHER phone manufacturer does, and have another, separate retail channel where those of us who DON'T like the "blessed" phone carrier can opt to pay MORE money and get an unlocked version of the phone. AT&T will gladly charge you more for a "contract-free" iPhone . . . that happens to still be locked.
I'm sorry, but having given it lots and lots of thought over the years, I don't subscribe to your moral code. I'm not trying to change your thinking. If you disagree with me, fine. Disagree with me. But lay off on the ad-hominem attacks, e.g. this garbage about the world owing me something. Really? Now, all of a sudden, you KNOW me?