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Posted Oct 21, 2008 20:39 UTC (Tue) by kragil (guest, #34373)
Posted Oct 21, 2008 21:42 UTC (Tue) by linuxrocks123 (guest, #34648)
Posted Oct 21, 2008 22:06 UTC (Tue) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
I checked T-Mobile's coverage map, and
their coverage all around where I live (except a nearby town) is at the
minimal "1-bar" level. AT&T's coverage is at
their "best" level all around here, and Verizon (which I have now) claims
the same for an even wider area. Even Sprint, not known for great
coverage outside urban areas, claims much
better coverage out here than T-Mobile does (though there does seem to be
a hole right around my house).
I assume that AT&T doesn't feel the need for a really nice Android
phone when they have the iPhone; meanwhile, Verizon wants to exert way too
much control, the opposite of the Android ethos. (Plus their wide coverage
keeps people coming back all by itself, so they don't feel the need for as
much of a competitive edge with their phones.) I imagine Sprint will have
an Android phone at some point, but I doubt the top two will go for it.
Posted Oct 22, 2008 7:12 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
You can use whatever phone you want with those. All you need is to find a GSM phone that can run Android and your set. I don't know if any are out yet, I doubt it, but once they are available then you can go out and do whatever you want.
With GSM your service is bonded with the GSM chip your given. You can purchase a Go-phone, for example, with a pay-as-you-go service contract, pull out the GSM chip, and use that same service with a different phone.
With CDMA networks it's much more difficult since you'd have to register your phone and configure it to work with a specific vendor. You can't just mix and match whatever you want.
The same would be true for the IPhone (being GSM) if Apple were not complete nazis about it and had the DRM'd up the you-know-what. (of course there are hacks, but whatever)
The thing is, of course, the T-Mobile stuff is subsidized by your service contract. So the 'purchase price' of the phone is really the 'down payment' and you pay installments every month for your phone along with your regular phone bill. So it seems the phone is much cheaper then it really is. (for example: the IPhone's price tag is a simple out and out deception)
Now if you pay full retail price for your phone then you can use whatever service contract you want with any GSM provider. There are special cheaper service contracts and bundles that AT&T and friends won't advertise on their websites or tell you about in their stores. They exist, but you have to poke and prod to find out about them.
Posted Oct 22, 2008 14:24 UTC (Wed) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
Posted Oct 22, 2008 14:36 UTC (Wed) by drag (subscriber, #31333)
Personally this is the sort of thing I've been waiting for:
Full screen devices. The controls integrate into the display so it makes it possible for all sorts of stuff, especially games, which is something that is not very good on today's Cell phones compared to special-purpose devices like the PSP or Nintendo DS.
With Intel's commitment to Linux lets hope that those things will be open enough to run generic Linux systems as well as Android.
Actually T-Mobile's CTO said you can just buy it...
Posted Oct 22, 2008 21:08 UTC (Wed) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
Here are details. You can
just buy it for $399 and go with any carrier.
Don't know how well it'll work on practice...
Posted Oct 22, 2008 21:32 UTC (Wed) by rfunk (subscriber, #4054)
Posted Oct 30, 2008 15:31 UTC (Thu) by kamil (subscriber, #3802)
Sorry for going off-topic, but can you provide more info, or links, about that?
Posted Oct 22, 2008 8:07 UTC (Wed) by Guhvanoh (subscriber, #4449)
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