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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So nice the "free" american cellphone market. In Europe it is much batter:
Almost all networks are GSM900, a few are GSM1800 or pure 3G - so all 3G phones work anywhere (There are some CDMA networks, but that is an exception).
When you buy any phone the options are:
- Free market - full price
- Software lockedin, a little cheaper (not worth it)
- Software lockedin + prolong your contract/sign a new contract, can be a lot cheapper, based on your montly plan and how long you prolong your contract or special offers.

If you don't pay:
- legal actions will be taken
- huge panalisations wil be imposed if you ever get to the same network
They don't care what YOU do with YOUR PHONE

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