Interesting article from the NYT regarding how carriers force us to stay with them via their tactics and tricks. Case in point: iPhone and AT&T. Although the iPhone isn't subsidized by AT&T, owners of the iPhone are locked into a 2 year contract with a hefty $175 early termination fee and supposedly isn't allowed to be used on another carrier's network (but, a search via the internet may give you some tips on doing so). ;)
Looks like Google is getting into the wireless spectrum as they prepare to bid on the spectrum auction. As well, Representative Edward J. Markey has led a House hearing on “wireless innovation and consumer protection” to raise awareness of this issue. It is time that the industry has given a bit more freedom to the consumers especially with the Open Moko Neo 1973 coming into the picture and shaking things up.
Regardless, it will be interesting what happens. Read on for more on this topic.