Linked by David Adams on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 16:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Here's the dirty little secret about Android: After all the work Apple did to get AT&T to relinquish device control for the iPhone and all the great efforts Google made to get the FCC and the U.S. telecoms to agree to open access rules as part of the 700 MHz auction, Android is taking all of those gains and handing the power back to the telecoms.
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RE[3]: choice
by kcorey on Tue 24th Aug 2010 08:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: choice"
kcorey
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Kinda depends on the market you're in...here in the UK it's more expensive up front, but much cheaper over two years.

I bought my Nexus for $535, and am on a £15 per month sim-only simplicity plan. That's roughly £700 over 24 months.

An equivalent plan when I bought my phone would have ended up costing £840 over 24 months, even if the phone had been free.

Same quality(?) reception, same data plan, no operator-based restrictions to the software, and cheaper to boot.

The break-even point for me was just under 18 months. If you're willing to commit to having your phone for that length of time, it just makes sense to buy the device outright and get a sim-only plan...at least here in the UK. I understand that may not be available in the US.

-Ken

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