January 9th 2008
By Mike Flaminio
Wired is running the story of the iPhone. There are four pages--reads like the core of someone's book--of how the iPhone began and how the device has changed, well, everything.
But the iPhone upsets that balance of power. Carriers are learning that the right phone--even a pricey one--can win customers and bring in revenue. Now, in the pursuit of an Apple-like contract, every manufacturer is racing to create a phone that consumers will love, instead of one that the carriers approve of.
We've been here before and one hopes Apple won't find itself staring down its once-adoring partners--a la the music biz--a few years from now.
Whatever the future though, the world is better and much more interesting because Steve Jobs has once again upset the apple cart...
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