Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Sep 2013 23:03 UTC
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So there you have it - ads are very likely going to be part of Gmail soon. After all, it seems almost silly to not monetize a core app with an absolutely massive install base - between 500 million and a billion. I just hope these ads won't be overly intrusive, and from the looks of things, the Gmail team is approaching the situation with care.

Ads on my Android Gmail application? Seriously, Google?

Alternatives?

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RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Sun 29th Sep 2013 10:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Soulbender"
Soulbender
Member since:
2005-08-18

You pay for your phone, not for gmail. Android's free ya know.
You could say that I paid for my computer and internet access and osnews is part of that so why should i see ads?

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Except, that's not the case. OSNews is not installed on your phone. It is not part of your internet connection.

You'll have to come up with better argument than this.

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RE[6]: Comment by Soulbender
by Soulbender on Sun 29th Sep 2013 18:08 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

You didn't buy your phone from Google, did you? No, you didn't and Google is a distinctly different company from the one who made your phone so you did not pay for Gmail.
Even if you DID buy it from Google GMail is still a different service, and not exactly critical to the usability of a *phone*, so you didn't "pay" for it.
The fact that GMail happen to be installed by default isn't really relevant.

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RE[5]: Comment by Soulbender
by Ithamar on Sun 29th Sep 2013 10:44 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by Soulbender"
Ithamar Member since:
2006-03-20

You pay for your phone, not for gmail. Android's free ya know.


Yes, up to a point. Ever installed a clean AOSP build? No Gmail app in there, and if you want to ship the Google Apps with your build, you go through an extended vetting, of which the requirements are non-public, so we do no even know if Android *with* Google app is free...

Not even going to the FSF definition of free, which it will never be...

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