Why couldn't Apple have done this here in the US? As the Wall Street Journal reports today, Apple responded to criticism that slow phone networks would dull the luster of its iPhone roll-out by signing a slew of WiFi/hotspot agreements throughout Europe:
After Apple Inc. said it would sell the iPhone in Europe, critics contended the device's Internet connection would be too slow for Europeans used to speedier cell networks.
So Apple did something about it. It now has agreements in place with hot-spot providers in the United Kingdom and Germany so iPhone owners can use their speedy wireless Internet networks free of charge.
How hard would it have been to do this in the US, as well, especially given the fact that every review of the iPhone castigated its dependence on a slow AT&T network. But this isn't the only change Apple has made for Europe.… Read more