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November 04, 2004


There is a big difference between FoneShare and the computer P2P apps we know. Privacy. If you're on a cell phone, you definitely don't have it. Your handset can be easily tracked and it's pretty tough to mask your true identity. Also, watchful eyes will be upon file sharers on cell phones. As a Cnet news article from a couple days ago says:

The reasons go beyond FoneShare's draconian control over the intellectual property that's being shared. Because their networks are private, wireless operators can easily identify which files are being shared and even shut down handsets that are doing a suspicious amount of file trading. Also, wireless operators have microbilling systems to track millions of subscribers at a time and ensure everyone gets their fair share of the revenue.

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