That monetary difference can be really hurtful.
"To address unlawful repair restrictions, the FTC will pursue appropriate law enforcement
and regulatory options, as well as consumer education, consistent with our statutory authority.
The Commission also stands ready to work with legislators, either at the state or federal level, in
order to ensure that consumers have choices when they need to repair products that they
purchase and own."
Looking forward to reading the full report later.
Based on a review of comments submitted and materials presented during the Workshop, there is scant evidence to support manufacturers’ justifications for repair restrictions.18
ultimately, it would probably force Google to just take it over (which to some extent they already have, but not completely).
Bad phones make for bad times for whoever uses the phone, not for anyone else. Also, people rarely get killed by bad consumer electronics.
Safety is one of the easiest arguments to make - esp. exploiting the horrific - "think of the children". What if my kid's phone camera can be remotely turned on in their bedroom?
One of the phones has a removable battery(!), still. Pretty much any other device/appliance has a plug or a mechanical switch (or both).
I'm pleased that it's gained traction today, and also a shout out to Linus for featuring it. As Rossmann later commented, it will likely have a real cost to him in terms of peeved off industry people. For people like myself though, he's truly earned my respect.