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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The truth is even if you buy an "unlocked" Nexus One from Google and pay full price ($529), you can't use it with any carrier. It works just with T-Mobile. Later this year Google will have separate versions for Verizon Wireless and -- for the United Kingdom, Singapore, and Hong Kong -- Vodafone. Other carriers would have to agree to let you use a Nexus One on their networks.
There's no unlocked phone.There never was.Unless you stick with,say,Vodafone until you're bored of your Nexus.If,say,Orange have a better deal then bad luck...

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leepa Member since:

The phone works fine unlocked in the UK on all networks - the story was ill-researched as proven by The Register in it's post clarifying the issue as well. If the author at Infoworld had bothered to read the FAQ @ Google, he'd of known all the facts too.

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Budd Member since:

In this case,bye bye iPhone. It's not a big deal in Europe where the market is very divided with Nokia still on top somehow, but in America,oh boy!

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