[lug] Android comparisons

John Hernandez jph at jph.net
Mon Aug 16 16:53:12 MDT 2010

I think you underestimate the number of people who "care" about this
issue, particularly now that handsets feel more and more like laptops.
 Handset exclusivity is an issue that has been debated within Congress
and the FCC, but considerable power is wielded by US carriers.

I do have a feeling Congress will eventually act to end the practice,
but as with most industry regulation, I suspect the outcomes may be
mixed for consumers.

On Mon, Aug 16, 2010 at 4:09 PM, Davide Del Vento
<davide.del.vento at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Choices, choices.  If Apple does a CDMA device, and Verizon chooses to
>> pick it up/deal with them/whatever
> After 3 years of living here, I still feel bad when I hear these kind
> of sentences. I know, I've probably ranted about it onlist already,
> but in many other countries (most of the Europe and surely in Italy)
> you can buy any phone you like and it will very likely work with any
> carrier you like. Like when you buy any car, they may suggest one
> brand of gasoline, but it works with any brand (well, there are small
> caveats, such as not putting diesel or rubbing alcohol in it instead
> of gas, but they are reasonable). Too bad that's not the case here in
> the US, and that apparently almost nobody cares and the few ones who
> do care, cannot do anything about it, besides "hoping" like you are
> doing.
> Ah, and 90% of the Italian phones do work here in the US with a
> T-mobile SIM card (in fact, the phone I'm using right now was bought
> in Italy, because I couldn't find anything worth buying here - and
> T-mobile is the only carrier deserving my money, since they allow me
> to do that). Good luck with putting an Italian SIM card in your iPhone
> - although you may buy the exact same iPhone in Italy and I'll bet it
> works just fine with any carrier
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