By "AT&T"s Reasoning...
Let's say the Evil Empire (that's "AT&T," btw) started their own subscription video streaming service, similar to Netflix or Hulu Plus. It would of course be hideously expensive (remember who we're talking about), so "AT&T" wireless customers would be loath to subscribe to it. All "AT&T" would have to do to "encourage" customers to buy their streaming subscription, rather than competitors', is provide Netflix and Hulu Plus apps with their wireless devices, then demand users pay an extra fee to be able to use them.
Yes. According to AT&T, if the app is pre-loaded on the phone, then the app is provided by AT&T and they can block it.
It would be interesting to see how they justify that on people who pay full price for their phones and aren't under contract.
The Comcast Disney Avatar has been retired.
I agree... also, what if I had a laptop, and attempted to use a cell-stick.
AT&T can't block that and force me to a 'shared plan', can they ?
Why not? What does your contract say?