Linked by David Adams on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 16:42 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Here's the dirty little secret about Android: After all the work Apple did to get AT&T to relinquish device control for the iPhone and all the great efforts Google made to get the FCC and the U.S. telecoms to agree to open access rules as part of the 700 MHz auction, Android is taking all of those gains and handing the power back to the telecoms.
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RE: choice
by Fettarme H-Milch on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 21:56 UTC in reply to "choice"
Fettarme H-Milch
Member since:
2010-02-16

'open' environment (both to users and to device distributors) you go Android or Windows

Why are you open to users and carriers in the same sentence?
I have a phone that was "openly" modified by a carrier. Boy that sucks. The right button just below the screen always dails Vodafone's expensive web service (I entered a bogus toll-free 0800 phone number in the internet settings to avoid to dail to the actual web service).
The first 10 or so installed apps are locked in place. I can't remove them, I can't hide them, nothing!
Oh what I also totally like is how Vodafone modified the MP3 player. They put a special Vodafone ring tone in the regular music folder. Again locked -- can't delete it, can't hide it. So occasionally instead of listening to my songs, I hear my phone ring!

If that is supposed to be freedom and iPhones draconian control, I'd prefer Apple's draconian control that doesn't get in my face all the time!

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RE[2]: choice
by Neolander on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 22:57 in reply to "RE: choice"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

If you want to avoid that kind of issues, just buy your phone instead of having your carrier buy it for you ;)

It's more expensive, sure, but that's the price you pay for something that just works...

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RE[3]: choice
by Fettarme H-Milch on Mon 23rd Aug 2010 23:41 in reply to "RE[2]: choice"
Fettarme H-Milch Member since:
2010-02-16

You missed the point of the entire article. Did you even read it?

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RE[3]: choice
by kcorey on Tue 24th Aug 2010 08:10 in reply to "RE[2]: choice"
kcorey Member since:
2007-11-06

Kinda depends on the market you're in...here in the UK it's more expensive up front, but much cheaper over two years.

I bought my Nexus for $535, and am on a £15 per month sim-only simplicity plan. That's roughly £700 over 24 months.

An equivalent plan when I bought my phone would have ended up costing £840 over 24 months, even if the phone had been free.

Same quality(?) reception, same data plan, no operator-based restrictions to the software, and cheaper to boot.

The break-even point for me was just under 18 months. If you're willing to commit to having your phone for that length of time, it just makes sense to buy the device outright and get a sim-only plan...at least here in the UK. I understand that may not be available in the US.

-Ken

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RE[3]: choice
by Timmmm on Tue 24th Aug 2010 16:49 in reply to "RE[2]: choice"
Timmmm Member since:
2006-07-25

Indeed. And actually it's usually cheaper to buy the phone up-front, although I think in the US only T-Mobile have SIM-only contracts.

The article is extremely US-centric, and it also misses the fact that Google *does* have control over the market. They could use it to force carriers not to load crapware if they wanted.

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