5 Reasons To Avoid Apple iPhone 3G

by on July 16, 2008 · 10 comments· LAST UPDATED July 17, 2008

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Free software foundation (GNU project) has published a list of 5 reasons to avoid Apple iPhone 3G. According to article Apple puts so many restrictions on you including privacy and DRM limitations:

[1] iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can't be on everyone's phones.

[2] iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.

[3] iPhone exposes your whereabouts and provides ways for others to track you without your knowledge.

[4] iPhone won't play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.

[5] iPhone is not the only option. There are better alternatives on the horizon that respect your freedom, don't spy on you, play free media formats, and let you use free software -- like the FreeRunner.

=> 5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G

Update: Checkout Top 10 reasons to hate the iPhone 3G (thanks pushpraj)

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1 Sweta July 16, 2008 at 9:20 pm

Great job bringing attention to the issue.

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2 wedwards July 17, 2008 at 3:27 am

I am all for open source, but unnecessary FUD regarding something that the author obviously has not used and is not familiar with, is not something I tollerate at all.

I do not work for apple or have any affiliations with the company. I always prefer open source products over the alternatives.

With regard to the asertions made in this article;

[1] iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can’t be on everyone’s phones.

>> Incorrect – there are a massive number of free applications on the app store

[2] iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.

>> DRM is not inherently bad, it is the implementation of it by some companies that really sucks. DRM can be implemented in an “open source friendly manner” much in the same way that gpg has been implemented (as an example).

[3] iPhone exposes your whereabouts and provides ways for others to track you without your knowledge.

>> Only if you allow it to do so.

[4] iPhone won’t play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.

>> Thats only because developers havent yet developed a player for this on the iphone/ipod touch yet. Get off your butts and do it cos I want it!

[5] iPhone is not the only option. There are better alternatives on the horizon that respect your freedom, don’t spy on you, play free media formats, and let you use free software — like the FreeRunner.

>> Better options on the horizon do not equate to a tangible product available for consumers right now. Right now, the iphone is in my opinion the best option available, with the least amount of niggles and problems compared with other like devices.

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3 pushpraj nimbalkar July 17, 2008 at 7:13 am

nice article……..i found more information on

http://apcmag.com/top_10_reasons_to_hate_the_iphone_3g.htm

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4 cx42net July 17, 2008 at 7:54 am

I like the initiative of the neo freerunner, but in my own opinion, it’s just the beginning of something huge.

If you take a look at the specifications of the freerunner, you can see that the eletronical waves sended by this phones is over than 1 W/Kg (between 1 and 1.2). It’s not approuved for common use.

But all the next versions of this phone will be (I hope) more interesting.

And we cannot forget the two big stars, based on open source!, Android and the new free Symbian.

If you take a look, most of the gsm are using symbian (nokia, Sony ericsson, motorola, siemens, LG) so the future of mobiles will be free/open source !

Bye bye Windows Mobile ^^

(By the way, I’m looking for a phone that I can use wifi, email, with tactile screen, and NOT under Windows Mobile. A kind of free iPhone ^^. Which mobiles could be interestings for me ?)

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5 Chris July 17, 2008 at 8:12 am

[1] iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple, who becomes the sole authority over what can and can’t be on everyone’s phones.

>> Incorrect – there are a massive number of free applications on the app store

>> Not incorrect – developers have to pay for the use of the SDK.

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6 wedwards July 18, 2008 at 2:56 am

Chris, you should do some research before making these assertions. The iPhone SDK is FREE. I was just able to register and download it at no cost.

What you are probably referring to is the fact that developers could pay to get it early so that they could have apps completed by the iPhone’s release date, however it was always intended by Apple to release the SDK for free in conjunction with the launch of the product.

I used to get all wound up at M$ due to its FUD campaigns, but the open source (in particular FSF) community seems to be getting almost as bad these days. Shame really, because I am strongly drawn to their ideals in general and really like their approach for the most part.

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7 Gokdeniz Karadag July 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm

@wedward, if you are strongly drawn to Free Software Movement’s ideals, it would be obvious to you how iPhone is a threat to free software on mobile devices.

iPhone SDK might be “free of charge” but is it “free as in freedom”, referring to <a href=”http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html” definiton of “Free Software”

Any free software developed for iphone using the non-free sdk cannot be run on the device without apple’s authorization. This violates “The freedom to run the program, for any purpose” and binds it to apple’s will.

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8 Gokdeniz Karadag July 19, 2008 at 8:44 pm

The link to definition of Free software was formatted badly. Here is the fixed version.

http://www.gnu.org/philosophy/free-sw.html

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9 wedwards July 20, 2008 at 2:41 am

Gokdeniz Karadag

I agree with you, however the original allegation was;

“iPhone completely blocks free software. Developers must pay a tax to Apple…”

That simply is not the case. It may have been intended to use free as in freedom but, in context, the average person would understand the statement to mean free of charge.

Apps can be built for the iphone and run for any purpose, by anyone. You do NOT have to distribute your app via the app store. I work in healthcare and we have already started to develop an app that will allow clinicians access to their clinical apps at the patient’s bedside. We will distribute this app ourselves, and it will NOT be distributed via the app store.

Distribution of apps via alternatives to the app store was one of the key things that was announced when the sdk was officially released. Prior to that, when the SDK was in beta, it was intended by apple to only allow distribution via the app store. When developers complained about this, apple relaxed their policy.

Its still not free as in freedom in my opinion, but as stated above, I dont believe, in context, that is what was being said.

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10 Shailesh August 21, 2008 at 11:45 am

I want to purchase i phones… now it has become a status symbol…though im not a high profile personality…only thing troubles me is it does not have bluetooth…but it shows bluetooth headset on website…can i buy an iphone without at&t contract in US for 300$ and use my india vodafone simcard on it in india…? please reply soon guys..i want to clear few things before i purchase it…

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