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Ulmo

join:2005-09-22
Aptos, CA
reply to FFH

Re: Google's plan for unsubsidized phones dies

said by FFH:

Looks like Google's plan to bypass the carriers and push the unsubsidized phone model has crashed and burned. U.S. buyers are just too hooked on buying subsidized phones, even though they ultimately pay close to full price for it over the length of a 2 yr cell plan.
I thought I saw some stats that USA users were buying more and more full-price unlocked phones, despite them being carrier specific in hardware designs. Also, if the phones would work on all/most carriers, then this would be far more widespread. Saying no one does it because they don't want it is premature if in fact they can't really make use of it because it really isn't available.