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Apple has revoked access to its messaging service, iMessage, for Beeper customers who use Android phones and Mac computers.
For Beeper customers, many of whom prefer Android devices to iPhones but favor Mac computers over PCs, Apple's move shows just how far the company will go to maintain control over its services.
Several Beeper customers have reported that their access to iMessage on their Android phones and Mac computers has been revoked without warning.
Legally, they're probably in the clear because of their terms of service, but it's still kind of crappy, said Matvei Vevitsis, who noticed this month that he could no longer send his mother iMessages through his 12-inch MacBook.