Comments on news posted 2010-03-09 08:55:39: AT&T's first foray into the business of offering Android-based phones isn't going particularly well, and it's pretty clear the company's general dislike of Google for their positions on competition, network neutrality and open access is spilling over.. ..
If AT&T sells its android based phone with a subsidy, then you can expect it to be locked to AT&T sims and have features "customized" to fit AT&T's business practices.
(for instance, if they have a deal$ with Yahoo, then you can expect AT&T to configure its locked phones to have yahoo search on by default).
Google said it would be selling "open" and unlocked phones. Then Google goes out and strikes deals with individual networks. The two are incompatible. Google should have just sold its phones eiother directly, or through neutral electronics stores. Unlocked, and no carrier specific features or disabled features.