LOL..sue Apple ATTmobility... "Apple violated section 2 of the Sherman Act by conspiring with ATTM to monopolize the aftermarket for voice and data services for iPhones in a manner that harmed competition and injured consumers by reducing output and increasing prices in that aftermarket. "
I thought it was ATTmobility that wouldn't carry the iPhone without this agreement. And that Apple wanted certain financial returns. They didn't go with Verizon because of financial and software disagreements (no Verizon Crapware...). Plus isn't the iPhone subsidized so it has to be locked to the carrier? And its not like you can't get another phone with same provider. Now, if it is about unlocking "after" contract is fulfilled, or phone was purchased at full price...
I see the point of buying the phone outright (we are talking the 1st generations of iPhone, not current 5) and having it unlocked. But when in a plan, you forfeit unlocking until the contract fulfilled, or unless you pay for the phone's full cost. Currently, one can unlock a 4/4s when contract is up (although I have not experienced the procedure). I don't know; can an iPhone 5 be had unlocked?
(If Apple loses or settles, I bet the class action lawfirm gets $100Mill in fees and the plaintiffs get $45 credit toward and iphone 4S...LOL)
$50K prize because FTC lack teeth... FTC wants to stop RoboCallers... hey FTC, you are the government. Maybe have another department invalidate those patents protecting the software companies that wrote this nagware/hardware. You can lock up those using it under some BS like "violates the Patriot Act" and keep them at Guantanamo indefinitely.
Maybe work with router companies (Cisco...) to prevent it on VoIP and Telcos to prevent it on POTS. The "incentive" is to block any loopholes that allow "individuals or corporate entities the ability to profit from knowledge, use, carrier, etc of automated calling". Or use our tax money to create an analyzer that tracks and deploys Ed-209 to "eradicate without prejudice" these sources of robocalls... (I'm kidding). Pict below is of the 2014 Robocop movie Ed-209
Re: $50K prize because FTC lack teeth... Yeah -- and while we're at it, let's stop DDOS too! Wouldn't that be great?
I think this is a foolish endeavor. If we try to lock them down in the states, they'll move off-shore. If we try to block it by country, they'll distribute their call sources.
The only way to handle this is to filter calls. If the carrier offered a way to forward unknown calls to voice mail, problem solved (a must for cell phones). For hard-lines, a small box could filter calls and create a walled garden of options. 1) Disconnect 2) Leave voice mail 3) Enter pin to ring the house.
Give the pin to friends or put their number in the good number list.
Any calls that still get through should be few and far between and not be that bothersome.
Re: $50K prize because FTC lack teeth... Google voice works with wireless and landline and has LOTS of filtering options, and it's free. Sometimes, Google is your friend.