iPhone Hobbled By Smart Network

by Thomas Beutel

Steve Jobs gave a indication as to why the iPhone needs to remain a closed box. Namely:’You don’t want your phone to be an open platform,’ meaning that anyone can write applications for it and potentially gum up the provider’s network, says Jobs. ‘You need it to work when you need it to work. Cingular doesn’t want to see their West Coast network go down because some application messed up.’You mean, I can’t extend my iPhone and make it smarter, because the network is to fragile?Hmm, this doesn’t seem to be a problem for the internet, does it? Steve’s comment is a really good argument for why dumb networks are superior.I can’t wait for the day that I can buy an iPhone that uses something like WiMAX instead of the cell network.Dumb networks trump (so-called) smart networks any day!