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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jabbotts
Member since:
2007-09-06

Text is bad.. data is even worse. Exactly what justifies $2.00 per meg of transfer? Don't pay 40$ a month for the data plan and your 50 meg of iPhone usage will be a 100$ extra on next month's bill.. and that's if your lucky enough to notice that it's using the cell towers instead of local wifi as desired.

Let's all say it together:

"What the market - because alone, none of us is as stupid as we are together - will bare."

(what ever happened to fair markup.)

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

Text is bad.. data is even worse. Exactly what justifies $2.00 per meg of transfer? Don't pay 40$ a month for the data plan and your 50 meg of iPhone usage will be a 100$ extra on next month's bill.. and that's if your lucky enough to notice that it's using the cell towers instead of local wifi as desired.


Isn't the data plan required now? I'm guessing they got too many complaints with that.

Not that I want to diminish your complaint any. I once downloaded peggle for a cell phone and while the game was $7 the transfer fee was $8. It didn't exactly inspire me to buy more games.

Edited 2010-01-08 20:00 UTC

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jabbotts Member since:
2007-09-06

I think it's required also. If you buy the phone from Rogers, they insist on the data plan from what I understand. At 40$ that's a second home internet connection per month which is outrageous unless I'm going to be using the phone as a wireless modem for my notebook.

In this case, the phone was a gift to a family member so we just swapped sim cards and the number transfered over. This meant it became active under the existing plan which was not meant to have data.

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