Google Supports iPhone Unlocking

Posted by jonathan at 1:34pm EST on 12/17/2007

I have discussed Google and Apple’s mutual love for each other already, but this one comes as, well, only a little bit of a surprise. The surprise comes in the form of an AdWords advertisement I noticed in my Gmail.

Google supports iPhone Unlocking

Apple has already come outrightly and stated that they will fight the unlocking and discontinue any support for those people that do unlock their iPhones. But Google is more than happy to take advertiser’s money in lieu of Apple’s position?

This comes down to a moral decision for Google. Take the money vs. stand behind Apple. This seems to be a big issue with Google lately. We came across this same exact issue with text link brokers and AdWords.

Sure, Google is a business, their own business, but do they have their business partner’s best interest at heart as well? Which weighs in more? Business partner’s best interest vs. being a money-grubbing-whore.

Here’s just another example of the issue I see. It’s a problem I clearly see with Google’s morals and ethics.

iPhone Unlocking Ads

4 Responses to “Google Supports iPhone Unlocking”

  1. Robin

    Dec 17th, 2007

    Saying that because Google runs an ad (of thousands, if not millions) that links to an unaffiliated site, they support unlocking iPhones, is absolutely absurd.

  2. Jonathan Dingman

    Dec 17th, 2007

    Robin,

    That is where I disagree.

    Unlocking phones, specifically the iPhone, could be considered illegal. If Google were to start allowing AdWords ads for warez or illegal items, shouldn’t they be held accountable for their actions? I think so.

  3. Robin

    Dec 17th, 2007

    Unlocking phones isn’t illegal at all. It’s a right you’re given under US law (other countries, I don’t know, but I know that in a few of them it’s the same, if not more lenient towards the consumer).

    As far as I know, unlocking the iPhone isn’t illegal. Apple and AT&T definitely don’t want you to, and your hacks could easily be fixed in the next firmware version, but it’s still technically legal.

  4. Jonathan Dingman

    Dec 17th, 2007

    Robin,

    That’s a fair statement and I agree with it. I do recall that in some countries it is illegal, but I could be wrong.

    I am basing this article on the fact that it is illegal somewhere to unlock phones.

    This article was not written to oppose competition, I whole-heartedly believe in competition and strongly encourage competition (in fact I love competition), but rather to point out a legal line which I felt was being crossed.

    I’m not a lawyer, so I could be wrong.

    Thank you for your insight on this topic, it’s much appreciated.

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