Apple's iPhone Rules Restrict Competition

Banning of VoIP, browser bundling echoes antitrust cases
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 10, 2008 4:19 PM CDT

(Newser) – Apple’s iPhone software development kit is facing criticism from net neutrality and antitrust critics, Computerworld reports. Apple has indicated that voice-over-IP programs like Skype will not be allowed on the iPhone’s AT&T network, as its a direct competitor for AT&T’s voice service. Comcast, Computerworld points out, drew net neutrality concerns when it banned BitTorrent to prevent competition with its Cable TV business.

Besides banning VoIP apps, Apple also makes it impossible to use any web browser but their own Safari on the iPhone, thus blocking any competition from the popular Firefox. Microsoft drew major antitrust action in the late 90’s just for including Internet Explorer with Windows. Could Apple’s restrictive mobile Internet practices be the next rallying point for advocates of internet freedom?