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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: Actually you're missing it!
by kaiwai on Thu 7th Jan 2010 00:15 UTC in reply to "Actually you're missing it!"
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Google has no interest in addressing the current cellphone carrier strategy of the dark ages as Apple did. Go read up on something called "Whitespaces" and maybe you will see the light. The US is one of the most antiquated communications environments in the world. Google is way ahead of bothering with that. This is NOT an iPhone killer even though it may end up looking like one. Go fish!

Agreed! I always thought New Zealand was backwards and antiquated but Jesus H Christ - come on, a country with 2 times the GDP per capita of New Zealand and has a mobile phone network of a third world country. Hell, I'm sure there are third world countries who look at the American mobile phone network and can't help but laugh until their sides hurt.

What is even more pathetic is this idea that both the sender AND the receiver are charged for calls and text messages- what the f*ck is up with that? who the hell started such a stupid screwed up system like that? If I ever did move to the US the one thing I wouldn't be getting is a mobile phone if I am forced to pay for every jack ass who sends me a text message or rings me up! its as pathetic as in Australia where one pays something like a 17cent charge everyone one makes a local call!

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