- Lowering the barrier to entry (or use) by providing subsidized handsets
- Ensuring reliable services by testing feature sets on supported phones
- Strategic and economic purposes
This article suggests that the introduction of the iPhone in France may not happen because of regulations like this. Do you think that this is an example of regulation inhibiting innovation?
Update (2007-10-17): This article in Gizmodo is reporting that the iPhone will be on sale in France after all. Does this alter your opinion about this question? What does this say about bargaining among these titans?