Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Sep 2011 21:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless In the US wireless market, AT&T is currently attempting to buy T-Mobile to create one heck of a behemoth wireless provider. While earlier this week the US government already filed a lawsuit to block the merger, citing antitrust concerns, US carrier Sprint has now also filed a lawsuit to block the merger.
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by kaiwai on Sat 10th Sep 2011 09:25 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: So ..."
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Regarding 3 and 4; when it comes to bootloaders etc. I'd go one step further and mandate that all phones ranges can be only differentiated by hardware not by operating system - in other words you have the same hardware across a whole range but either Windows Phone 7 or Android offered. I would then go one step further and allow the end user to change operating systems by paying a nominal about (say $10-$20) to move from one operating system to another. There is no logical reason why a phone cannot have its operating system changed - if I am unhappy with Android why can't I just purchase a copy of Windows Phone 7 and replace Android with it? We do it with computers right now so why I can't I do it with my phone operating system?

Regarding the issue of unlimited - the problem is that there is a limited amount of spectrum and capacity thus you would end up with flooded mobile phone towers which are then compounded further by the cost of putting up new towers cost almost as much as the tower itself (ignoring all the moronic luddites who think their brains will be fried by a tower close to their home/workplace/ashram/etc.). What is the biggest problem in the US is the differentiation of smart phone data from data using a 3G stick - why do they do that? because they offer high amounts of data on smart phone plans because customers will never reach it but castrate the 3G device users because they know that they'll more likely to reach their limit. In New Zealand the data isn't cheap but you pay a flat rate and the carrier doesn't give two hoots how you use it - if you want to tether it then go ahead, want to just browse on your phone then all power to you. For example I am on a prepaid plan where I pay NZ$25 (US$20) per month for 500MB - I can tether my iPhone to my computer if I want, I can surf the net and stream to my hearts content because at the end of the day I've paid for my data and that is all the carrier should care about.

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