So many are so wrong on ‘Google Phone’ because they really want iPhone on carriers besides AT&T

“Google on Saturday announced that its internal developers are using a new Android-powered phone that many Web sites have dubbed ‘Nexus One’ from its Internet browser identification string, but which many reports say is a variant of HTC’s HD2 phone,” Sascha Segan writes for PC Magazine.

“The nearly hysterical frothing about the ‘Google Phone’ overlooks a whole bunch of existing facts,” Segan writes. “The T-Mobile G1, after all, was a phone whose software was dictated by Google; it was a ‘Google Phone.’ Google has already sold two phones online, unlocked, to developers – the Android Dev Phone 1 (a G1 clone) and the Google Ion (also known as the T-Mobile MyTouch 3G.)”

Segan writes, “The barbaric yawp of desire from Twitter for the ‘Google Phone’ really comes down to another hot, trending Twitter topic last week – something called #attfail. The idea that gets everyone hot under the collar is that Google may sell a phone directly, magically compatible with all U.S. carriers, but somehow without the restrictions and bindings that U.S. carriers place on devices.”

Segan writes, “What this desire really comes from, of course, is Americans’ desperate wish (and it is all about Americans; the rest of the world doesn’t have this problem) to see the iPhone on a carrier other than AT&T.”

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MacDailyNews Take: The endless hype and overwrought excitement over each successive “iPhone killer” has always cast a rosy glow over Apple iPhone’s future. Such rabid anticipation isn’t for whichever device is being anointed “iPhone killer” this month, nor is it anti-Apple sentiment in any meaningful amount, it really comes from people who lust after iPhone, but are stuck on iPhone-less carriers. Every time you see an article or hear someone talking up an “iPhone killer,” it’s an expression of iPhone lust. As we’ve seen in other countries where Apple has taken iPhone to multiple carriers, the constant “hysterical frothing” over LG Voyager, HTC Touch, BlackBerry Bold, Samsung Omnia, BlackBerry Storm, Motorola Droid, “Google Phone” really signifies that there is much pent up demand ready to be tapped by Apple when they feel the time is right to make their next move.

33 Comments

  1. @aking:

    This isn’t just about AT&T;’s lousy network. Millions of potential iPhone customers are trapped in contracts with other mobile providers thanks to the odious, industry-wide practice (in the U.S. at least) of holding customers hostage for two years at a stretch.

  2. Right on. Just talked to a friend who needs a new phone and wants the iPhone but for various reasons is stuck on Verizon with extended family. I told her to skip the Droid and wait another couple of months to see what shakes out the latest G-phone rumor.

  3. But does iPhone work on other carriers? I mean properly? Here in Australia we have a single, government-mandated, standard. (Three cheers for regulation!) and the iPhone works on every carrier, even if 3G coverage varies between carriers (Australia is the same geographic area as contintental USA but we only have 20million people, living mostly on the eastern seaboard). I understand that, on Verizon, the iPhone can’t receive data and voice at the same time, or did I misunderstand the AT&T;ads?

  4. “how does Google think that an unsubsidized handset will be allowed and accepted by the warlord cell carriers?”

    Verizon and AT&T both have a “bring your own phone” plan. Needless to say, they don’t publicize it much.

    It’s mostly sticker shock. “Wait…I have to pay $599 for a Google phone but only $199 for an iPhone? Guess I know where I’m going…”

  5. GhoneAds launch announced by goog!

    A phone supported totally by advertisements (just like a newspaper)!

    In honor of the trend of blended naming schema, the “g” from google has been blended with “hone” from the word “phone” an the word “Ad” in honor of the time tested advertisement supported news industry!

    Let us offer a hearty welcome to
    drum roll please

    GhoneAds

    IA phone supported totally by advertisements (just like a newspaper)!

    In honor of the trend of blended naming schema, the “g” from google has been blended with “hone” from the word “phone” an the word “Ad” in honor of the time tested advertisement supported news industry!

    Let us offer a hearty welcome to
    drum roll please

    GhoneAds!

    In response to questions, a company spokesperson conformed (?sp) that gOOn and gOOne had both been rejected as alternate names because market testing had shown the pronunciation hoped for by Schmidt, Page, and Brin had to be explained to every one of the participants of the studies with the phrase “sounds like cone” and it was concluded the cost to change the pronunciation throughout the English speaking world via advertising would be prohibitive.

  6. “…it really comes from people who lust after iPhone, but are stuck on iPhone-less carriers.”

    No. It really comes from people who are sick of any phone locked into 2 year contracts in order to use them, whether those phones are made by Apple or Google is insignificant. I for one am tired of bowing down to shit*y networks and being raped in the a*s. No doubt the NEXUSONE will be the shiznits, as is the iPhone, but what will really make it soar is if it is sold unlocked for a sane price.

  7. @byronic
    The iPhone doesn’t work on Verizon at all, different technology. In the US, we don’t have a standard cell coding format, we used to have four, now down mostly to two, GSM and CDMA.

    Verizon DOES have an issue in that their CDMA implementation cannot do voice and data at the same time.

    Hopefully when 4G is fully implemented, the US will have just one format, LTE. Meanwhile, the rest of the world will be in transition from GSM to LTE. It will take awhile.

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