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ObamaSupporterPete
01:15 PM on 07/12/2010
Apple's attitude and their unholy alliance with AT&T were total deal breakers for me. I actually did want an iPhone. I needed to change companies anyway so I thought I'd go to Verizon because of the possibility that they might get it too. Now I've got a Droid Incredible and I am impressed. It's not like I'm one of the Haters. I own several Apple products and actually purchased 3 iPod Touch handhelds and I own an iPod Nano. A stupid business plan by Apple may have been the best thing in the world for Droid. I hope so. Steve Jobs needs to realize that he is not, in fact, omniscient. Telling your user who is having the problem that the problem doesn't exist and then to say that the user is using the phone wrong is really something unbelievable. It's just another reason for more robust Droid development. Geeks, start your engines.
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DrObvious
No more business as usual
01:12 PM on 07/12/2010
markets are collapsing into oligarchies across many industries in the US, including financial services, technology, pharmaceuticals, military defense, communications, news and media broadcasting.

that is good for the companies who control so much of their product/service markets. It is bad for customers and the nation as a whole.

reforming US capitalism so that markets are actually competitive would require both Republicans and Democrats to reject their deep-pocket corporate contributors in favor of less wealthy actual citizens on Main Street. unfortunately, post-"Citizens" decision by the Supreme Court, the odds that a rep or senator can and will reject corporate contributions is virtually zero.

Reps and Senators count on voters to support them, even though those reps and senators do the bidding of corporate sponsors rather than that of the majority of voters. We need to change their understanding that way, or America will devolve in to a series of profit centers for Verizon, Att ... rather than a representative democracy.
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denbeath
01:50 PM on 07/12/2010
Fanned!!!! You are absolutely correct. This message must be spread far & wide and The American People need to stand up, take notice before it's too late.
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ResearchtheFacts
Alert, awake & paying attention to the details.
01:03 PM on 07/12/2010
Who is the law firm who filed the class action suit?
02:11 PM on 07/12/2010
Don't know the law firm. You can get info from:

White & Cello Partnership
c/o Gilardi & Co.
PO Box 808054
Petaluma, Ca. 94975-8054
415-461-0410

The case No. is RG04137699, Alameda County Superior Court
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ResearchtheFacts
Alert, awake & paying attention to the details.
02:21 PM on 07/12/2010
Thanks!
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01:02 PM on 07/12/2010
Here's some news, something you may not see on iHP.

Consumer Reports says they cannot recommend the iPhone 4G and that you should probably buy an older model or use DUCT TAPE to fix the problem on the 4G.

LoL.

http://www.informationweek.com/news/mobility/smart_phones/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=225702913&subSection=News
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MIMom
Your ad here.
01:03 PM on 07/12/2010
That's what I did -- I got a 3GS. Works like a charm.
12:57 PM on 07/12/2010
Honestly I don't see why anyone would get an Iphone. There are plenty of more reliable alternatives that don't require you to go down on AT&T!
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grandma58
http://parkersnowefiberartblog.blogspot.com/
01:08 PM on 07/12/2010
You know what I miss about AT&T, when you bought a phone and plugged it into the wall it lasted forever. Could end up in the kids toy box for years then be plugged back into the wall and work like a dream. Ahh shucks, now we can throw it away and buy a new one.
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Littlewords
Micro font for main bio not available
12:56 PM on 07/12/2010
Jobs continues to dawn more monopolistic traits as he dominates the market space and acts like the grand tyrannical iKing who knows all and is only too happy to tell the market so and give it a good shove from time to time as he tightens control.

The iLambs merely moan a bit then eagerly resume their lather for their next iFix set to a preselected iTune played by their pied piper iMessiah.

The whole thing is a bit comical and predictable. It is like watching the iMessiah and Dark Force of MSoft battle it out for tyrannical control of fleecing rights for their common flock.
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ResearchtheFacts
Alert, awake & paying attention to the details.
12:53 PM on 07/12/2010
It is about time. A total thug network (ATT) has been utilizing questionable business practices for quite sometime. This class action lawsuit will be a drop in the bucket when they get through shaking the leaves of this "rotten apple" tree.

Question if you take a bite from an apple today and wait 10 years later will it still be fresh, or will it be a rotten apple? lol
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DaMojo
Death eatin' a hoodoo biskit
12:52 PM on 07/12/2010
50 Million iphones sold.
50 MILLION.
Headline:
"STEVE JOBS GRATEFUL TO CREDIT CARD INDUSTRY"
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CaptD
Freedom From Nuclear Fascism...
12:49 PM on 07/12/2010
iPhone + Sprint = ♥

Make Santa :-)
12:39 PM on 07/12/2010
Only in America! People in the UK can go at least 4 different carriers and get the iphone and their rates are sooo much cheaper than here..... Why is that, I wonder?
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JasonMcl
Hey a countdown clock. MannNnn that is trouble...
01:07 PM on 07/12/2010
Your nation has the sense to keep its corporate citizens in check. We let them run around like snot nosed bullies and whenever someone tries to discipline one they whine and cry and fire tens of thousands of people.
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ObamaSupporterPete
01:16 PM on 07/12/2010
Steve Jobs hates America?
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Bigidea
12:31 PM on 07/12/2010
Apple is the worst company when it comes to monopoly practices. You enter Apple ITunes store online and they want you to give them your credit card details even before you bought anything. When you enter a shop you don't give them your credit card. First you shop then you pay, Apple wants to take control of you and your system first. That just shows how arrogant the company is, No doubt they have a good product that is aimed at computer novices who want to feel gadget happy and showoffs. As their ad says. it is good for booking cinema tickets and Shushi afterwards. Business applications are limited are still limited on iphone. Goodluck to all those who want to hand over their money to this company just to feel hip and cool.
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squatmunkie
12:40 PM on 07/12/2010
That's why you download everything from file sharing sites...
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Bigidea
12:50 PM on 07/12/2010
Squatmunkie, Here is some free advice for you. If you cant say anything clever or relevant, dont say anything stupid. Also dont judge everyone by your standards.
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12:42 PM on 07/12/2010
Well, actually you could not be more wrong. If you read the article, it says a JUDGE approved the lawsuit and said it could progress. I don't know what legal world you live in, but in the United States when a judge says a case can proceed, he is saying quite explicitly that the lawsuit is NOT frivolous.

See, at this point of the suit, the Judge had the power to throw the lawsuit out as frivolous.

But he didn't do that, see? He let the case proceed and if you are not a Judge then your comment has no merit. It's frivolous.
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afwxman adrop
Rational Post-Theist
12:29 PM on 07/12/2010
This is a stoooopid & frivolous lawsuit; ever since the I-phone was hyped, I wanted one, but as long as it is on AT&T, there is absolutely no way I will ever own on. As cool as the I-phone is, I refuse to compromise my will, and get sucked into another A T &T contract.

If you hate AT&T, are you that spineless that the IPHONE is a must have? Send Jobs a message and walk away.

This nation has become slaves to slick marketing campaigns that rob us of any intelligence or any capacity to execute our potential collective will.
12:33 PM on 07/12/2010
And why exactly does your personal situation make this a frivolous lawsuit? Was thee a 5 yr deal? Was there full disclosure by Apple and ATT that there was a 5 yr deal? Was there full disclosure that buyers would be locked in for 5 years? Please share the facts that lead to the conclusion that the Judge is wrong, and this is a frivolous lawsuit. Lots of us are interested.
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afwxman adrop
Rational Post-Theist
12:43 PM on 07/12/2010
"Consumers agreed to two-year contracts with the Dallas-based wireless carrier when they purchased their phones, but were in effect locked into a five-year 'RELATIONSHIP' with AT&T, the lawsuit argued."

The contract for the phone service is valid for two years; if your chose to continue with the IPHONE, then you have no choice but to maintain Apple's RELATIONSHIP with AT &T.

IT IS STILL YOUR CHOICE.
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12:26 PM on 07/12/2010
At work its overwhelmingly PC. At home Mac has been king for more than 2 decades. I love Apple products and am happy to support Steve Jobs's lifestyle and good health, but not his dictate, with my hard earned $$$. Tying users to one phone company was a fatal mistake. Apple would've won a much bigger market share had it offered an open phone for the users to decide which company is best for the customer.

Considering the predatory practices of the phone companies in this country, it was a terrible mistake for Jobs to violate Apple's "free-spirit" approach that had won Apple a considerably large base of fans who have carried Apple to its present phenomenal success.

Whoever advised Jobs to engage in this insane practice ought to be fired. I wouldn't be surprised if the Judge were to use this case to attack the unhealthy practice that ties certain products and companies the better to rip off the market. If capitalism is to survive in this country, free-market competition must be restored. Otherwise, the Apple/AT&T connection smells badly of protectionism.

At the rate Apple is going, and as an admirer of Jobs who has been known to pull a plug on bad ideas, I hope he will reconsider Apple's current business model which is increasingly exclusionary and intransigent. The latter is usually a bad sign of encroaching senility.
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Political Fundip
12:24 PM on 07/12/2010
Wasn't there a similar deal with Microsoft back in the day? Where Microsoft forced computer manufacturers that wanted to use windows to purchase Internet Explorer and install it on all machines that had windows. After Microsoft got slapped by the court with anti-trust pimp hand they just made Internet Explorer a "free" part of a Windows program.
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DaMojo
Death eatin' a hoodoo biskit
12:49 PM on 07/12/2010
Yes, but IE was still bound to the OS.(Which caused many of the original online security issues because of its 'mothership' reporting) You must have it to update Windows and many companies still use it as the default browser. There are still online apps that you must have IE to run. People are still in bed with them.
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Political Fundip
12:55 PM on 07/12/2010
That's exactly my point.. They just found loopholes and kept on trucking.
12:19 PM on 07/12/2010
Finally someone has come to senses and realized the slavery and monopoly practices of AT&T & Apple. Just because you invent a product doesn't give you right to tie it up with another product, totally unrelated. If you can do this, so can Microsoft. They have a right to say that windows will run only with Internet explorer and not any other browser.

It is disgustng to see how just Apple gets away with this behaviour. Apple makes me sick.