“In just three and a half years, Apple’s iPhone has brought about substantial changes in the mobile phone industry and inspired a multitude of copycat devices. Now, just days before the iPhone goes multi-carrier in the US for the first time, AppleInsider has discovered a patent awarded to Apple that could further shake up the way carriers do business,” Josh Ong reports for AppleInsider.
“The patent, entitled ‘Dynamic carrier selection,’ describes a method for providing wireless communication services,” Ong reports. “According to the invention, a mobile device would store a network address and communicate with network operator servers. After receiving data from available network operators, the device or user would select a carrier.”
MacDailyNews Take: If it’s patented, does that mean Google still gets to put it into Android along with the rest of Apple’s patented IP?
Ong reports, “The invention would allow Apple to run a MVNO system that could collect rate information from participating wireless networks within a region and automatically select or allow users to select the best option.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Oh, to be a fly on the wall in any carrier’s corner office when they read this patent and realize that their future is to be the dumb pipes they really are.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Arline M." for the heads up.]