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by Mike Masnick

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ban, germany, iphone, voip


German Court Bans VoIP On The iPhone; Says It's Unfair

from the felony-interference-with-a-business-model dept

We've pointed to a bunch of stories that involved Apple somewhat arbitrarily forbidding or banning iPhone apps, but now it appears that the courts are getting in on the game as well. A German court has banned a VoIP iPhone app after T-Mobile, the mobile operator who offers the iPhone in Germany, complained. The court says that this VoIP app "makes use of unfair business practices," though it's difficult to see how. VoIP is a perfectly acceptable application, so why is it unfair? The court's explanation here seems a bit stretched as well. Apparently, the only way to run this particular VoIP app is on a jailbroken iPhone, and T-Mobile's contract forbids jailbreaking the phone. Of course, if that's true, isn't it an issue between T-Mobile and its customers who broke the contract? Why should the app maker be blamed? All it did was build a useful app? This seems like yet another case where a company is arguing that interference with a business model should be illegal.

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    Lame Duck, 18 Sep 2008 @ 11:21am

    Is Yosi for real?

    If I pay the OUTRAGEOUS amount for the unlimited data plan, who the heck is anyone to tell me what I should or should not use it for?

    If I want to download porn 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, that's what I'm paying for.

    If I want to surf the web every second of everyday, that's what I'm paying for.

    If I want to download or stream music all day long, that's what I'm paying for.

    If I want to use VOIP instead of the regular plan, that's what I'm paying for.

    I MAY or I MAY NOT use the iPhone for calling. So that's NOT what mobile phones exist for. Maybe... back in the 90's, when cell phones could just do voice and play monotonic ringtones.

    Wake up, smell the coffee and join us here in 2008 when we can do all kinds of fun things with our cellphones... only one of which is calling.

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