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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Reading your post taking a shot at the US cellphone market I was tempted to look at the AT&T prices and heck paying 39.99 USD for 450 minutes and free calling to other members of the AT&T network (or 1350 minutes for 79.99 USD) sucks.

Here I have to pay 14.50 EUR (= 20.75 USD, though companies often use a 1:1 ratio ...) for 1100 minutes + a new phone and that provider is in general the most expensive here...
And my personal rate are 300 minutes + a new phone for 5 euros (=7.1 USD).

I have the feeling you (US Americans) are being ripped off.

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