Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Weird News: An Awesome Comment on the iPhone & Google Voice Debacle

Apple vs. Google
I wanted to break away from the typical weird things I post and put in my 2.5 cents on the whole Apple/iPhone rejecting Google Voice fiasco. But no matter what my opinion, I couldn't top that of one commenter, who called himself just "J," on one of my favorite blogs TechCrunch.

AT&T: You want answers?
TechCrunch: We think we’re entitled to them.
AT&T: You want answers?!
TechCrunch: We want Google Voice on our iPhones.
AT&T: You can’t handle the iPhone with Google Voice!

Son, we operate on network that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by carriers with restrictions. Who’s gonna do it? You? You, Verizon Wireless? We have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Google Voice and you curse AT&T. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what we know: That pulling Google Voice, while tragic, probably saved the network. And our existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves the network.

You don’t want the Google Voice on your iPhone. Because deep down, in places you don’t talk about at TechCrunch50, you want us protecting the network. You need us protecting that network. We use words like rate limiting, application approval and restrictions…we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline.

We have neither the time nor the inclination to explain ourselves to a blog who writes and profits under the blanket of the very network that we provide, then questions the manner in which we provide it. We’d prefer you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, we suggest you pick up a router and build your own network. Either way, We don’t give a damn what you think you’re entitled to.

TechCrunch: Did you order Google Voice taken down?
AT&T: We did the job you sent us to do.
TechCrunch: Did you order Google Voice taken down?
AT&T: You’re goddamn right we did.

iPhone & iTouch users:

Now, what would really be great is if someone could dub that over the actual video; and do so while the topic is still hot. I'm quite certain it will spread like wildfire. Happy Hump Day.  ▣

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