It would seem that #ourABC embraces it’s audience equally – unless you are a Windows Phone user in this country. Not just content to have us as second class citizens, the ABC has made an exclusion zone of Australia for any Windows Phone official access of ABC TV and Radio content. This means that an ever increasing amount of Aussie smartphone owners are locked out of accessing the ABC’s licensed content – in direct conflict with the ABC’s own charter.
And as we will go on to show our readers, this week they would appear to have not only demonstrated their inconsistency in how they view and approach the major smartphone platforms, but also by their actions have left the ABC open to questions of bias, discrimination and even competence around their iView and Innovation department management of Windows Phone.
If you missed Part 1 – you should check it out. It has some important background to this week’s latest events in the unfolding saga of the ABC, iView and Windows Phone.
Long-time readers of WPDU would know that, well, for a long-time we have been engaging ABC Australia over their continued lack of support for Windows Phone. Moving into the second half of 2014 one would have hoped for some improvement in our predicament over ABC Apps and services for our devices. Unfortunately, the events of last week sadly prove otherwise. Not only have the ABC proved resolute in their stance of not bringing about official Apps for the Windows Phone Platform in Australia, they seem to have also acted in record time this week to deny WP8AU users the opportunity to access their most popular service via an unofficial App for Windows Phone.
But before we get to that – let’s refresh a little history.
Last week Nokia Australia (now a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy) confirmed the launch of the latest and greatest Lumia Windows Phones coming to Australia. The high-end Lumia 930 and budget entry Lumia 635 will be the first Windows Phone 8.1 Quad-core next-gen Windows Phone handsets ranged by Australian carriers.
WPDownUnder was lucky enough to be at a briefing by the Microsoft Devices (formerly Nokia Sales & Marketing) team in Sydney to see these devices first hand, and hear about some other developments for Windows Phone Down Under.
If you have been holding out for a new handset, now is definately the time to be considering these two new phones as your next device!