Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You may not have noticed it, but in the past six months, we've been experiencing a true massacre. Not one written in blood, but one written in microchips and touchscreen displays. The scene of the crime? The United States. The perpetrator? Google's Android. The victims? Everybody else.
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iPhone is sold in half as many countries and only by one carrier per country (for the most part).

Not exactly, I'm from Romania but the situation is the same all over Europe and other countries with a free telecommunication market:

Almost all the carriers sell iPhones. At first the price for the contracts were high but right now they are ok.
And if you want you can buy it free of contract and unlocked (expensive though). The only downside that iPhone has (opposite to all other phones) is that it will lock itself on the first network that has a sim card inserted (at least iPhone 3g).

I don't know if it is also sold in China, but in the rest of the countries it available for everybody.

But Android has a big advantage (or disadvantage?), you can find it in Galaxy S, Nexus S, Desire (HD)... as well as cheap phones with android 1.6.

Not very related: I have to say that it is hard for me to understand the problems that are in USA with carrier customizations since in Europe carriers do not interfere so much in the phone market.

They do sell phones locked in for batter prices and they do have special offers for some phones and also some terminals of there own (HTC was introduce in Europe first under Orange brand).
While most of the phones are sold on contract the only customizations that a phone has are:
- carrier lock-in - legal to brake but you still have to pay your contract
- sometimes carrier's logo somewhere small and maybe the default wallpaper/theme, 3g configuration...

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