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article imageTelstra to Apple about iPhone : 'stick to your knitting'

By Pr3D     Feb 18, 2007 in Technology
Government owned aussie telco Telstra, has lashed out at Apple claiming that they should stick to computers and that they are not a phone manufacturer.
Quoted from smh.com.au:
"Telstra's operations chief Greg Winn, considered the telco's second-in-change and the man who oversees most of its big product decisions, believes the iPhone may meet some significant operational challenges when it makes its market debut.
"There's an old saying - stick to your knitting - and Apple is not a mobile phone manufacturer, that's not their knitting," Mr Winn told AAP.
"You can pretty much be assured that Nokia, Motorola, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and ZTE and others will be coming out with devices that have similar functionality."
The phone's touchscreen is also considered a significant drawcard but it's technology Mr Winn does not believe makes the device truly revolutionary.
"I think people overreacted to it - there was not a lot of tremendously new stuff if you think about it," he said.
His comments were all the more surprising given that Telstra was originally touted as being hot favourite to cut a deal with Apple.
Apple's exclusive carrier arrangement with US mobile carrier Cingular was also puzzling.
"They did an exclusive with Cingular and they talked about a global rollout - well, Cingular is not a global company," he said."
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