AT&T lost their exclusive lock on the iPhone earlier this month. This, apparently, has prompted AT&T’s CEO to say that Apple’s app store model is a bad thing (it had been a good thing prior to February).
Here’s what The Loop quotes A&TT CEO Randall Stephenson as saying:
“You purchase an app for one operating system, and if you want it on another device or platform, you have to buy it again,” Stephenson said in a keynote speech at Mobile World Congress. “That’s not how our customers expect to experience this environment.”
Unfortunately, there’s a pairs of problems with his logic:
1. iPhone apps, for example, can be moved from one iPhone to another (if for example, you buy a new iPhone to replace another). The process is simple and does not require buying the app again.
2. While everyone would agree with Stephenson that it is preferable to be able to move an app from one platform to another, this is, in fact, not what people expect. In fact, those of us who move back and forth between desktop platforms (Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux) do not expect to be able to move Microsoft Office for Windows to a Mac or Linux. Anyone who has moved from Windows to Mac OS X will learn that you have to buy Office all over again. There is the special case of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) like Mozilla Firefox and OpenOffice (or its fork LibreOffice) that can be freely moved between platforms. But, for the most part, most of us acknowledge that many applications are focused on a specific platform or requires separate purchases for each platform.