AT&T has blocked Google’s Digital-Wallet GoogleWallet from all Android phones and successfully demanded Nokia to remove wireless battery charging technology (Qi Wireless) from its smartphone (Lumia 1520). AT&T actions is 100% anti-competition.
AT&T says it supports PMA over Qi-Wireless and AT&T has an investment ISIS (digital-wallet) therefore it decided to block GoogleWallet and demanded Nokia to remove integrated Qi-Wireless battery chargering tech. from all Nokia smartphones.
AT&T isn’t a Hardware manufacturer nor is it a software company. AT&T is Wireless Telecommunication Provider and it shouldn’t abuse its market dominant position (110-Million subscribers).
Smartphone/Device markers (OEM) can't afford ignoring AT&T's 110+ Million subscribers and it also becomes cost-prohibitive to manufacture two or three versions (for example: one with PMA, one with Qi and one with A4WP) of a same model of a smartphone or device. If AT&T or and Verizon arbitrary ban(s) a standard or technolgy, that standard or technology is essaintailly DEAD.
Now, there are even more exciting wireless power standards and technologies that already in the market or just about to come to the market. Here are some of those: Rezence by A4WP, WiTricity & Cota by Ossia Inc. Please, google them and I assure you, you won't want AT&T's anti-competition policies to kill those technologies or make them very expensive for you and me to purchase.
Most dominant desktop operating systems are made by Microsoft (Windows) and Apple (IOS) and if we had allowed them to block Google Search, we wouldn’t have Google today. Think about Facebook vs Myspace, we, the consumers picked the winner (Facebook) NOT Microsoft or Apple.
Less competing devices and technologies in the market means consumers will pay more and it also means less innovation. Please, sign this petition to help to protect your consumer rights.
1- (The US Lumia 1520 has the wrong kind of wireless charging. Thanks, AT&T!)
http://bit.ly/1do20aE via Pocketnow.com
2- (AT&T Removed Wireless Charging from Lumia 1520 to Shore Up PMA)
http://bit.ly/1eAM4Ws via gottabemobile.com
A Brief History: The Bell System http://www.corp.att.com/history/history4.html
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