Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th May 2012 09:26 UTC
Google "Google plans to give multiple mobile-device makers early access to new releases of Android and to sell those devices directly to consumers, said people familiar with the matter. [...] The expansion of direct sales marks a bid to exert more control over key features and apps that run on Android-powered phones and tablets, thus reducing the influence of wireless carriers over such devices, these people said. Wireless carriers typically handle marketing and sales of devices and thus can exert some control over the services that run on them." So, an expanded Nexus program that includes several smartphones and tablets without crapware. Sounds good.
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RE: Excellent
by TemporalBeing on Wed 16th May 2012 14:20 UTC in reply to "Excellent "
TemporalBeing
Member since:
2007-08-22

If this will allow us to buy a completely virgin Android phone, meaning without ANY bloat- or crap-ware on it, like my Nexus One was, then bring it on, this is great news!


Agreed. It's time to put the carrier aside and get people accustomed to buying their phones outside the carrier and realizing their rights in the process.

Then perhaps we'll get some downward pressure on the carriers to also charge those people less since they don't have a phone to payoff.

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RE[2]: Excellent
by moondevil on Wed 16th May 2012 14:54 in reply to "RE: Excellent "
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Agreed. It's time to put the carrier aside and get people accustomed to buying their phones outside the carrier and realizing their rights in the process.


As it is standard in many European countries.

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RE[3]: Excellent
by henderson101 on Wed 16th May 2012 15:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent "
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

But not all, including the UK.

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RE[3]: Excellent
by zima on Wed 23rd May 2012 23:35 in reply to "RE[2]: Excellent "
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Though very much not in Germany, IIRC, from some stats I stumbled upon once ;)

(but yeah, most of the world uses prepaid, something like over 2/3 of all 5.6+ billion mobile subscribers)

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