Linked by snydeq on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:08 UTC
Google InfoWorld's Galen Gruman writes that the main potential game-changing attribute of the Nexus One - that Google is selling the device direct - does nothing to move the industry past carrier lock-in. "At first, I wanted to credit Google for making a tentative step in the direction of smartphone freedom. But that step is so tentative and ineffectual that frankly I think it's a cynical fig leaf covering the usual practices," Gruman writes. At issue is a political battle regarding walled gardens in the U.S. cellular market, a fight that will take years to result in any true consumer freedom. "The only way we'll ever get the ability to choose a smartphone and carrier independently is for the platform providers that count - Apple, Google, and RIM - to first develop only multiband 'world' smartphones and then refuse to sell their devices (or in Google's case, use its Android license to forbid the sale of devices) to carriers that block or interfere with device portability."
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RE: The title says it all...
by 4nntt on Wed 6th Jan 2010 20:46 UTC in reply to "The title says it all..."
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There's only 4 carriers left here in the United States.

Verizon and Sprint are both CDMA and do not use SIM cards.

T-Mobile and AT&T are both GSM, but AT&T uses frequencies not supported by the Nexus One.

So, now you have two choices. Buy the GSM version now, which locks you into T-Mobile only here but works when you travel overseas, or wait until spring to get the Verizon version, which might be portable to Sprint but as a CDMA phone won't work anywhere else in the world.

Factor in that Verizon is really the only one with decent coverage, and it becomes a difficult choice. Definitely not an open market where you can take your phone to any carrier.

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