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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and has a mobile phone network of a third world country.

Now, that is just not true. Most third world countries have more advanced and more free mobile networks than the U.S.

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?

Hold on, wait. Rewind a bit.
BOTH get charged? So if someone I don't like send my hundreds of messages I get to pay? For fscking real?
Surely you must be making that up cuz I find it astonishing that something that retarded could ever be put into practice.

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