Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 09:26 UTC
Google "Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. [...] The expansion of direct sales marks a bid to exert more control over key features and apps that run on Android-powered phones and tablets, thus reducing the influence of wireless carriers over such devices, these people said. Wireless carriers typically handle marketing and sales of devices and thus can exert some control over the services that run on them." So, an expanded Nexus program that includes several smartphones and tablets without crapware. Sounds good.
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by pandronic on Wed 16th May 2012 16:48 UTC
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The problem with Google phones or any unlocked phones for that matter is that they are expensive compared to carrier subsidized ones. Every two years, Vodafone sells me a top of the line phone at half the price or less to make me renew my contract for another years.

I pay about 15 euro for practically unlimited calls and SMS and 1GB of data (which I never use up no matter how much Starcraft 2 I watch on Youtube).

If I were to buy an unlocked phone, I'd get exactly the same contract but pay the full price on the phone. Does not compute.

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