BlackBerry wants Apple apps and net neutrality. The corporation’s CEO is quite upset with Apple and Netflix because the two companies refuse to expand their application to other software platform. John Chen, BlackBerry’s chief executive asks Apple to develop application for Blackberry as well as for Android phones.
Recently, John Chen has posted online a letter adaptation addressed to the US Government. The adaptation was posted on a blog where he asked for support regarding application and net neutrality. In his post, Chen specifically refers to Apple’s messaging application called iMessage. He also accused Netflix for discrimination against its company.
Chen believes that all applications should be available on all existing platforms. He recalls Android software for being in the same situation. The two platforms cannot use Apple applications. However Android or BlackBerry applications can be used on iPhones.
BlackBerry is considered by is leaders as a trademark for content neutrality and apps neutrality. The CEO only asks for the same favor in return. BBM services are available and fully functional on iPhones. Yet Apple refuses to grant users permission to download their iMessage.
Furthermore, Netflix also refuses BlackBerry to allow users to benefit from streaming services such as streaming movies. Chen strongly asks government officials to demand the two companies for use neutral practices. The executive claims this is a fair and honest request “if we truly want a free, open and non-discriminatory internet”.
The competitors have reacted with irony and humorous jokes about this demand. No one wants to be forced into doing something, so Apple’s developers firmly refuse to act according to the demand. Apple does not believe that other platform would benefit the company or bring more users.
Others have proposed that BlackBerry should focus on creating a platform where more applications should be available in order to ask for others’ apps. Many users tend to complain about the lack of applications on BlackBerry phones.
Regarding net neutrality, Apple remained quiet and offered no further comments. It is said that Apple’s silent reaction is caused by its interest in priority access. More than 100 companies in the technology field signed a letter where they expressed their complaints about changing the FCC regulation. The companies only protested against allowing Internet Faster lanes to benefit from certain types of content.
Apple is believed to have remain absent in this discussion because it is concerned with securing priority access and Internet providers.
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