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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[2]: The title says it all...
by Ikshaar on Thu 7th Jan 2010 16:09 UTC in reply to "RE: The title says it all..."
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That would be great if it were true. The lock is in the firmware of the device, not (only) the SIM. You can't take a locked AT&T phone, exchange the SIM with a T-mobile one and have it work without AT&T first releasing the lock on the phone (which they will do if your contract term is expired, but not before).

May be ATnT but I told T-mo I was going abroad and they unlocked my G1 phone, well before end of my contract... i think you just cannot do it within 90 days of purchase.

Frequencies wise, the problem is only true for 3G, a T-mo GSM phone would work on ATnT just not the 3G part (which is a big deal for smartphone - but just to be precise).

Being on T-mo here, and traveling to Europe, Nexus is all I need. True it is a bit expensive, but I really don't agree that Google "blew" it because their first iteration is not the perfect world phone...

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