Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 23rd Dec 2009 20:39 UTC
Google The past few weeks the entire internet has been going bonkers over the Google phone, yet another in a long line of Android phones that has everyone's knickers in twists. Up until now we had to go by small photos and Twitter messages from Google employees, but now we have full specifications, a hands-on, and video.
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Make it libre, make it cheap.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 23rd Dec 2009 21:20 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

Written for the benefit of Google management, whom I'm certain will take the recommendations of a random poster on this most august of discussion sites.

Don't team up with Tmobile. Will not buy with it tied to anyone. I want control of my own phone. Right now that has me headed in Nokia's direction. If you can make the Nexus cheaper than the n900, while just as libre, You've got my sale and my future recommendation to all.

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DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

I, on the other hand, eagerly await this phone coming to T-Mobile USA. I want a smartphone that can replace my current phone and my MP3 player (must support Ogg Vorbis) and with a decent camera to boot; Droid is the best available right now* but I can't stomach Verizon's smartphone data plans.

Since I have to get phone and wireless service from SOMEONE, I'd prefer it to be T-Mobile, I already have them, like them, and their data plans look much better. I'm sure it'll be somewhere around $250-$300 subsidized, but that's a lot easier to swallow if it's not backed up by quite as bad a month-to-month plan.

*I also await the Nokia N900 if offered. Keyboard and Debian ARMEL compatibility means it'll do whatever I want.

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inaneframe Member since:
2008-10-29

*I also await the Nokia N900 if offered. Keyboard and Debian ARMEL compatibility means it'll do whatever I want.


Unless what you want is to make a regular phone call! j/k

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shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

This phone will probably NOT be available from Verizon.
Why?
The deal about search engines between Microsoft & Verizon is why. As if Google will let their branded phone be forced to use Bling as a search engine. Yeah Right.

At least we don't have that sort of lock in on this side of the pond. I was pondering getting an iPhone but I may well wait a while and see if I can get this on a decent plan. I don't need data as like another poster here says, WiFi is available nearly everywhere I go. If I truly need data, I'll plug my 3G dongle into my Netbook.

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inaneframe Member since:
2008-10-29

: ^), Bill, I'm willing to bet that you have the technical know-how to unlock this phone once instructions are made available (I give it a month at the most, two for an easy crack).

I can understand decisions based on principles but if the phone has what you need more so than any other, not saying it does or doesn't, other than the lock, I'm sure you could be pragmatic about it, seeing as all you'd need to do is unlock it.

Then of course, those Nokias ARE looking nice, aren't they?

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Thanks for the vote of confidence, but I haven't done any hardware cracking in a couple years. But, I'd like to have a phone that I can recommend to my less technical friends.

I also have an unusual use case. I want a smart phone without the 3g data plan. Wifi is just about every where I go. If there was a cheap good phone that would allow me to freely modify the applications and OS, and could access wifi, I'd get it. The n900 meets all of those qualifications except price.

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