I’ve written before about my displeasure with the fact that the iPhone could only be activated by downloading the iTunes player and activating through that service. Ars Technica reports that the new iPhone 3G must be activated in the store — you know, like every other freaking cell phone in the world. Now that Apple has eschewed the unnecessary vendor lock-in of iTunes, I can give my support to the iPhone. The other and more major problem was that Apple doesn’t provide a Linux port of the iTunes player, and USB functions don’t work when the iTunes player runs under WINE. All that is gone now.
Ars Technica continues:
Although we understand the need for [in-store activation]…we don’t hesitate to say that we hate it. Indeed, this is exactly how things work with every subsidized cell phone purchased through a mobile carrier here in the US, and that’s the problem. No one—and we mean no one—enjoys going into a store to get a new phone and doing the contract tango with an employee trained to upsell you on everything.
No one? Didn’t you ever learn not to accept absolutes? Your argument is auto fail. The small percentage of Linux users like me who don’t enjoy tracking down a friend’s Windows box to activate the phone certainly do enjoy this option. And who knows what kind of crapware the iTunes player comes with. Convinced it doesn’t? Have you been able to look at the source code?
Didn’t think so.