Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 09:26 UTC
Google "Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. [...] The expansion of direct sales marks a bid to exert more control over key features and apps that run on Android-powered phones and tablets, thus reducing the influence of wireless carriers over such devices, these people said. Wireless carriers typically handle marketing and sales of devices and thus can exert some control over the services that run on them." So, an expanded Nexus program that includes several smartphones and tablets without crapware. Sounds good.
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by wocowboy on Wed 16th May 2012 11:02 UTC
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2006-06-01

If this will allow us to buy a completely virgin Android phone, meaning without ANY bloat- or crap-ware on it, like my Nexus One was, then bring it on, this is great news!

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RE: Excellent
by seanc7 on Wed 16th May 2012 11:15 UTC in reply to "Excellent "
seanc7 Member since:
2012-03-26

We can hope.

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RE: Excellent
by TemporalBeing on Wed 16th May 2012 14:20 UTC in reply to "Excellent "
TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

If this will allow us to buy a completely virgin Android phone, meaning without ANY bloat- or crap-ware on it, like my Nexus One was, then bring it on, this is great news!


Agreed. It's time to put the carrier aside and get people accustomed to buying their phones outside the carrier and realizing their rights in the process.

Then perhaps we'll get some downward pressure on the carriers to also charge those people less since they don't have a phone to payoff.

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RE[2]: Excellent
by moondevil on Wed 16th May 2012 14:54 UTC in reply to "RE: Excellent "
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Agreed. It's time to put the carrier aside and get people accustomed to buying their phones outside the carrier and realizing their rights in the process.


As it is standard in many European countries.

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RE[3]: Excellent
by henderson101 on Wed 16th May 2012 15:23 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent "
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

But not all, including the UK.

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RE[3]: Excellent
by zima on Wed 23rd May 2012 23:35 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent "
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Though very much not in Germany, IIRC, from some stats I stumbled upon once ;)

(but yeah, most of the world uses prepaid, something like over 2/3 of all 5.6+ billion mobile subscribers)

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Comment by Radio
by Radio on Wed 16th May 2012 13:59 UTC
Radio
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2009-06-20

Five Nexii instead of one... Christmas will be fun! Especially given they will have to really work hard on the hardware to differenciate.

(Well, I hope, because maybe, given the short time remaining until the end of the year, they may fall back on slightly modded already-released hardware. May be easier for the Jelly Bean team, too.)

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Comment
by pandronic on Wed 16th May 2012 16:48 UTC
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2006-05-18

The problem with Google phones or any unlocked phones for that matter is that they are expensive compared to carrier subsidized ones. Every two years, Vodafone sells me a top of the line phone at half the price or less to make me renew my contract for another years.

I pay about 15 euro for practically unlimited calls and SMS and 1GB of data (which I never use up no matter how much Starcraft 2 I watch on Youtube).

If I were to buy an unlocked phone, I'd get exactly the same contract but pay the full price on the phone. Does not compute.

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RE: Comment
by kenji on Wed 16th May 2012 18:27 UTC in reply to "Comment"
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

You are omitting an important (to some people) variable: absolutely no contract. The purpose of buying hardware outright is that you have more options and you are not locked into a contract. Probably of equal importance, an unlocked phone will not be loaded with a bunch of carrier crap.

Also some carriers, like T-mobile in the US, offer a lower monthly rate if you use an unlocked phone. This doesn't affect your situation but maybe now you can see why some people would benefit through bypassing the carrier.

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RE: Comment
by 0brad0 on Thu 17th May 2012 05:29 UTC in reply to "Comment"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Only a complete idiot would sign a contract for a phone.

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RE[2]: Comment
by kwan_e on Thu 17th May 2012 08:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Well, most people already accept buying computer hardware that they don't really own, and software they don't really own, and ebooks they don't really own, and music they don't really own.

What's one more unequal relationship between the have and have less?

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RE[3]: Comment
by 0brad0 on Thu 17th May 2012 09:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Well, most people already accept buying computer hardware that they don't really own, and software they don't really own, and ebooks they don't really own, and music they don't really own.

What's one more unequal relationship between the have and have less?


I can own my phone (which I do) and if I chose to sign a contract for service or not (which I have not).

I own my computers and I don't run non-free OS's. I will only buy DRM protected content if I know it can be ripped to remove it. Otherwise there is no way I'll touch it.

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RE[2]: Comment
by pandronic on Fri 18th May 2012 17:30 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

So why are you calling me an idiot?

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Sounds good
by Drunkula on Wed 16th May 2012 16:53 UTC
Drunkula
Member since:
2009-09-03

Sounds like good news. Too bad I recently upgraded to a Bionic. :-(

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Here's hoping ...
by phoenix on Wed 16th May 2012 21:44 UTC
phoenix
Member since:
2005-07-11

Here's hoping that at least one of them includes a hardware keyboard. And that at least one (preferably the same one) doesn't use PenTile. ;)

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