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It sounds like Mr. Mollenkopf doesn't know his a$$ from a whole in the ground. Qualcomm has been in the business of gaining exclusivity through rebates. It has been documented several times by different Android manufacturers throughout the years. When I heard Huawei was being interviewed as part of the FTC's investigation, I knew Qualcomm would be in hot water. Huawei has done a great job documenting how Qualcomm attempted to gain exclusivity through these rebates (they called them financial bribes).
Huawei and Lenovo are both on record stating Qualcomm has in the past threatened retaliation against them if they attempted to challenge Qualcomm's legal terms by either delaying, or cutting off supply of chips.
Qulcomm's refusal to license their patents is another dangerous game they are playing since most consider their patent holdings to be standard-essential patents. This is a clear violation of FRAND.
It takes a company like Apple to stand up to a company like Qualcomm and personally I am glad to see it happen. I'm sure many of the other OEM's who cannot sustain a fight against Qualcomm (or are unwilling to) are glad to see it as well, which can be confirmed by the support Apple is receiving by many of it's competitors (Samsung, Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Intel, Sprint).
lewchenko said:I had to make this choice a couple of weeks ago...
Had an iPhone 7plus and have had iPhones for the last few years. Several models and have a mac book pro too.
I chose the S9Plus after much debate and comparison!
Android has come a long way since I last used it and I must say, very happy with the switch so far especially the level of customisation I can do now.
I'm still an apple fan but I appreciate the choices we have.
The reasons I didn't go for the X were -
1. Small screen with less visible space then my old iPhone 7 plus. X Plus will fix that but it's not here yet sadly.
2. Bad interface with lots of wasted space top and bottom when using safari on the X. Makes the screen feel even smaller. I also found the gestures for app closing a bit clunky.
3. Cost. It was a fair chunk more than the S9Plus.
4. No finger print reader .. yes some people still want to use it rather than face id.
5. The notch annoyed me.I could probably get used to it quickly but not sure I want to .
6. My iPhone 7 battery sucked and it randomly froze. Kinda put me off going down the Apple rabbit hole again. I thought the quality of iOS 11 had been poor since it was released. Throttlegate also put me off Apple for being deceptive.
7. The screen on the S9 Plus is beautiful and expansive. X felt cramped in comparison when I used both side by side.
I was going to wait for the X Plus, but in the end decided to try something new now (impatient). Both phones are awesome at the end of the day but I think Apple needs to try a bit harder.
The S9 has been rock solid so far and migrating my apps, settings, media was a breeze.
Still love Apple and look forward to see what they do next. In the interim , happy with the decision.