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 kenji on Wed 16th May 2012 18:27 UTC in reply to "Comment"
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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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