My good friend Andy Abramson has uncovered a plot by UK carriers to cripple Nokia's slick new N95 phone. Turn off the VoIP, is the thinking, and we can force the punters to use our GSM network instead.
I had a conversation yesterday with one of Nokia's competitors, raging at the fact that the carriers control everything that goes into the phone, at least in North America. Nokia's gambit — sell uncrippled versions of their products at full retail — is certainly ambitious. If they can create a market for the full versions of the products in an environment where it has now become illegal to lock phones to single carriers, perhaps they can simply pull through the full feature set.