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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by pandronic on Wed 16th May 2012 16:48 UTC
pandronic
Member since:
2006-05-18

The problem with Google phones or any unlocked phones for that matter is that they are expensive compared to carrier subsidized ones. Every two years, Vodafone sells me a top of the line phone at half the price or less to make me renew my contract for another years.

I pay about 15 euro for practically unlimited calls and SMS and 1GB of data (which I never use up no matter how much Starcraft 2 I watch on Youtube).

If I were to buy an unlocked phone, I'd get exactly the same contract but pay the full price on the phone. Does not compute.

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by kenji on Wed 16th May 2012 18:27 in reply to "Comment"
kenji Member since:
2009-04-08

You are omitting an important (to some people) variable: absolutely no contract. The purpose of buying hardware outright is that you have more options and you are not locked into a contract. Probably of equal importance, an unlocked phone will not be loaded with a bunch of carrier crap.

Also some carriers, like T-mobile in the US, offer a lower monthly rate if you use an unlocked phone. This doesn't affect your situation but maybe now you can see why some people would benefit through bypassing the carrier.

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by 0brad0 on Thu 17th May 2012 05:29 in reply to "Comment"
0brad0 Member since:
2007-05-05

Only a complete idiot would sign a contract for a phone.

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by kwan_e on Thu 17th May 2012 08:10 in reply to "RE: Comment"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

Well, most people already accept buying computer hardware that they don't really own, and software they don't really own, and ebooks they don't really own, and music they don't really own.

What's one more unequal relationship between the have and have less?

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by pandronic on Fri 18th May 2012 17:30 in reply to "RE: Comment"
pandronic Member since:
2006-05-18

So why are you calling me an idiot?

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