Is Bell Canada Going To Purposely Screw Up GPS Signals To Harm Competitors?

from the get-lost dept

It's good to have market power, apparently. Remember how Bell Canada started throttle bandwidth to its reseller partners without telling them? And then told them to shut up and take it when they complained? Oh, right, and then tried launching its own video download store just as it was making it more difficult for anyone else's to work? Apparently, the company may be doing that again... Michael Geist points us to reports that Bell Canada is looking to purposely degrade the GPS signal on certain Blackberrys for anyone using third party mapping programs, such as Google's. However (wouldn't you know it?), Bell is promising to allow the GPS to work properly if you pay the company $10/month and use Bell's own mapping solution.

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    nobell (profile), 25 Sep 2008 @ 6:13pm

    Oh yeah.

    This will really help them compete against the iPhone offered only by their competitor with it's cell-tower and wifi enhanced free GPS.

    Good move Bell.

    P.S. Screw you, Bell, for stealing 120 minutes of my life this week while I talked to your 'people' in Bangalore about the fraudulent charge you added to my bill.

    P.P.S All of the Bell executives' email addresses are in the format firstname.lastname at I bet some of you are smart enough to figure out where to send your complaints. It worked for me.

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