T-Mobile's Openness Doesn't Extend To Skype
from the only-goes-so-far... dept
On Wednesday, we talked about how T-Mobile was doing a (mostly) good thing in opening up their mobile phones to the full internet (opening it up was good, but ignoring that it’s a different browser experience was bad). One of the things we noted, was that unlike Hutchison’s 3 who declared its customers would be “nuts” if they wanted to get the internet on their phones, T-Mobile was letting their customers decide what they wanted themselves. Apparently, though, that thinking only goes so far. A foot note to yesterday’s announcement was that T-Mobile would not open up its mobile devices to Skype because “it believes the lack of integration between Skype applications and SkypeIn/Out monthly pricing would be unattractive to customers.” Yeah, right. So, suddenly the customers can’t decide for themselves? Everyone knows the real reason is simply that T-Mobile doesn’t want to lose voice minutes by having them shift to VoIP over a data connection and they could have just said that. Claiming this is somehow for the good of the customer is pure spin.