Carriers will love this
Posted Mar 3, 2012 12:13 UTC (Sat) by khim
In reply to: Carriers will love this
Parent article: Mozilla announces HTML5-based phone
One thing to note is that Mozilla is trying hard in B2G to make sure nobody but the user has full control over the device - that is at least as far as the law permits (phones e.g. have to have a fixed dialer UI that is vetted to always allow emergency calls, so unfortunately the dialer cannot be exchangable by law in most countries).
This is certainly an advantage, but how many will actually care? Android already offers something like this with Nexus line and it's not overwhelmingly popular. I think the current Android's compromise (you have locked device for the duration of your warranty and you have unlocking tool which voids said warranty and thus used after it expires as an insurance tool) is “good enough”. Most users prefer having Netflix to having full control over device. This is sad truth, but still a truth.
Interestingly, the nice side-effect of that user control is that the one selling the device to the user has control over the default configuration they sell it with (and the configuration they deliver support for) and that's what the carriers like as that is usually them and so they can distinguish their offer.
Perhaps you are talking about some alien carriers from the other galaxy. Carriers from this planet like to have tight control over sold handset, too (for example they usually try to suppress free tethering programs). If B2G places control firmly in the hands of user then they will hate it. But in reality I think carriers will subvert the B2G phones like they subverted Android phones - which will mostly negate previous advantage.
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