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Blackberry wants to open Apple's walled garden

by on22 January 2015

Net neutrality should include Apple

BlackBerry's CEO John Chen has commited a heresy against the Apple cargo cult by suggesting that any changes to net neutrality laws should mean an end to Jobs' Mob's walled garden of delights.

He said that net neutrality should also be extended to app and content providers, not just wireless and broadband carriers. "Unlike BlackBerry, which allows iPhone users to download and use our BBM service, Apple does not allow BlackBerry or Android users to download Apple's iMessage messaging service."

It is not just Apple, Chen slags off Netflix where the video service is currently not available on BlackBerry devices, to the point where he believes that the government should step in to prevent discrimination against the BlackBerry platform.

The idea behind net neutrality is to prevent wireless carriers and broadband providers to offer customers who are willing to pay more for better service, while those who pay the regular fees will get normal service.

Platform exclusivity is not really the same thing, even if philosophically they are closely linked.

We suspect that Apple will ask its fanboys to set themselves on fire before profaning their walled garden with software it does not personally bless. What is frightening is that a few of them will do so and a Tame Apple Press will talk about how they are martyrs – one of the few cases in mainstream where virgins get to heaven to find sexually experienced people instead of more virgins.

Last modified on 22 January 2015
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