August 24, 2009
Lately, I am feeling right at home. Regulatory is rearing its head and as some one no longer trying to navigate it, I can just sit back and watch the events.
Nothing is more fun to look at then the tenor of the three letters from Apple, ATT and Google,
ATT, long acquainted with their role and the concerns about them, write humbly even though they have done nothing wrong. In their document, they make clear that they have accepted the concept of third party VoWiFi services. As we head towards LTE, we might be saying "Its all WiFi eventually). More about this later in the week.
Then comes Google's Letter. A thing of beauty. The writer, a friend has been in the advocacy area for carriers for years, has the high ground with open standards and knows he does not have to defend Google here. Mind you they did keep confidential their contacts with other third parties, but on this specific case and on the Google app store they were clean.
Google has been very involved with this administration and it maybe to Apple's regret that they severed the relation at the board level.
Apple's letter has some interesting statements in it. That if I were worried about monopolistic powers (RIAA are you listening) I would question.
"We provide every developer with the same software that we use to create our own iPhone".
Does anyone else want to challenge that statement. Particularly after the answer to question number 1.
"The application has not been approved because, as submitted for review, it appears to alter the iPhone's distinctive user experience by replacing the iPhone's core mobile telephone functionality and Apple user interface with its own user interface for telephone calls, text messaging and voicemail. Apple spent a lot of time and effort developing this distinct and innovative way to seamlessly deliver core functionality of the iPhone. "
In other words, we enable compliance not openness.
There are other places in the document where Apple is placing their controls in the most favorable light. If I were Palm, now would be a good time to file a friendly reminder of their disruption by Apple.
So sometimes the old school learns something new, they were looking for ATT's monopolistic tendencies and they found the monopolist. Now lets see if they change focus, or if they continue the fights of the past.