Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Dec 2012 00:23 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "What are the chances that we'll see something with the finesse of the One X with stock software down the road? 'The Nexus devices are Google’s lineup,' explains Kodera, 'but in general, we're very proud of HTC Sense, and we'd like to continue shipping it on every device.' Not exactly encouraging." Big letdown. Not unexpected, but a letdown still. I will never again buy a non-Nexus device.
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RE[4]: Non-Nexus Devices
by kurkosdr on Fri 14th Dec 2012 16:20 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Non-Nexus Devices"
kurkosdr
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T-Mobile USA is doing just that ... getting rid of carrier subsidies for new phones:

http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/12/in-risky-move-t-mobile-to-e.....


Unfortunately, it doesn't make the REAL problem go away. Carriers charge absurdly high prices for data and calls if you are without a contract, so if you want to have some reasonable amount data or calls in your phone, you have to get into a contract. This practice is a relic from the days carriers had very limited-capacity networks, so if you wanted to use data and calls for more than a little, you had to essentially promise the carrier you will in fact use them, and for a certain time (12 months) so they could plan their network build-out. Now that they 've mostly built their networks, charging that way doesn't make sense. However, NO nerd ever whines about this (maybe because they don't get out a lot). Compared to this , the subsidizing thing is a minor thing. Phone subsidizing is basically a gift to butter you over from forcing you to sign up for the contract and pay a lot for something (calls and data) that should be offer for much cheaper and without having to get into a contract. Basically subsidizing only annoys nerds that can't get a certain phone from a certain carrier. They way carriers charge for data and calls annoys everyone, because, well, it really is annoying.

PS: And don't get me started about how VoIP doesn't really work in mobile, as they have some kind of priority system where "voice" always gets priority over "data"

Edited 2012-12-14 16:22 UTC

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