Free the iPhone!

Apple's lock on the iPhone app market is bad for consumers, bad for developers, and bad for IT. It's time to change the rules.

Suppose you booted up your computer one morning and found that none of your applications worked because you didn't buy them from the Dell app store. Or maybe you tried to start your car and found that the ignition was locked because you didn't buy your new starter from the Toyota parts store. You'd be mad as hell, of course.

So why do we allow Apple, AT&T, Sprint, and the like to tell us whose apps we can run on our iPhones, and whose (overpriced) networks we can access with our devices and software?

[ For a look at the best mobile apps for the iPhone, see "iPhone applications get down to business." ]

Enough already. The great irony is that a quarter of a century after the breakup of the AT&T monopoly and well into age of Web 2.0, the carriers and the equipment makers are acting just like the old analog Ma Bell.

Read the whole article @ Info World

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