Monday, August 3, 2009 - The Progress & Freedom Foundation Blog

Google & Apple: In Collusion or Cut-Throat Competition?

The iPhone-obsessed blogosphere is atwitter about the Apple''s exclusion of the Google voice application from the iPhone app store. On Friday, the FCC sent letters of inquiry to the two companies as well as AT&T.

Whatever one thinks about whether Apple and AT&T should be able to operate their own networks as they see fit, this cat-fight should at least demonstrate the pointlessness of the investigation opened by the FTC in May as to whether Apple and Google are violating the antitrust laws by having two members of their boards of directors in common: Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former Genentech CEO Art Levinson. If the two companies were, in fact, trying to collude in an anti-competitive manner, they don't seem to be doing a very good job of it!

Meanwhile, if you don't like how Apple runs its app store, don't get an iPhone! If you already have one, you could follow the lead of TechCrunch's Michael Arrington and simply cancel your existing iPhone contract to get a more "open" phone--such as one powered by Google's Android operating system.

Me, I'm just waiting for Google Voice to offer number portability so I can start using the service without having to change the number I've had for the last five years--and plan to take to my ashen grave (somewhere beyond low Earth orbit).

posted by Berin Szoka @ 11:17 AM | Antitrust & Competition Policy , Broadband , Wireless