Fwd: Myth Busting FTW

Mike Hodson mystica at gmail.com
Sat Sep 1 02:30:11 CEST 2007

And what appears to be a final reply from Dan.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Daniel Eran <danieleran at gmail.com>
Date: Aug 31, 2007 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: Myth Busting FTW
To: Mike Hodson <mystica at gmail.com>

Hi Mike,

I have a dim view of providers overall. I also realize the US mobile
system is really bad, and have written before detailing the history of
how things got the way they are, as well as what problems I see
specifically. I'm not trying to run down T-mobile, only pointing out
that the arguments that the iPhone is tied to AT&T in some bizarre and
evil way are overblown. Tmobile doesn't really offer much in the US,
although I'm sure things are slightly different in various regions ,
such as Vermont, which has no AT&T service.

I also made comments about the GSM/CDMA2000 split in the US, which
really restricts "any provider you want" freedom. In other markets
that are predominantly GSM (such as the EU) or CMDA2000 (such as
Japan), there is more reason to demand vendor neutrality. I would
prefer AT&T to gain strength in the US so that GSM became an overall
standard. The move to UMTS was supposed to unite both 2.5G systems
under one new 3G one, but now Verizon is building out old EDVO and
Sprint is building out WiMax. So a real open market for service is
unlikely to happen soon in the US.


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