Defective by Design

5 reasons to avoid iPhone 3G

Submitted by mattl on Mon, 2008-07-21 09:12

The 5 real reasons to avoid iPhone 3G:

  • 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.
  • iPhone endorses and supports Digital Restrictions Management (DRM) technology.
  • iPhone exposes your whereabouts and provides ways for others to track you without your knowledge.
  • iPhone won't play patent- and DRM-free formats like Ogg Vorbis and Theora.
  • 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.

The FreeRunner is still in active development — currently targetted at developers and not end users. Free software developers are encouraged to join in the process and improve the FreeRunner experience.

Part of a blog entry posted at fsf.org

Topic:  drm iphone
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