I pay my carrier €50 per year on avarage. And buying an OM will not increase that amount.
Peter On Tuesday 10 June 2008 19:56:44 ian douglas write: > Robert Taylor wrote: > > You pay through the nose for it because you HAVETO sign up for a 2 year > > contract minimum. > > Granted, the Apple and AT&T partnership greatly subsidizes the cost, > because of the $960 ($40/mo unlimited data plan for 2 yrs) to $2400 > ($100/mo unlimited voice/data for 2 yrs) that you'd spend with AT&T also > helps cover the hidden cost of the hardware. > > And while I personally don't care much for the iPhone, you also have to > sign up for a voice/data plan to use the Freerunner... You're still > paying the $960-$2400 over two years, but there's not offset of cost of > the hardware to the consumer. The monthly fees you pay that doesn't pay > for the actual use of the cell network is 100% profit to AT&T instead of > going to Apple to help pay for the hardware. > > Same with TMobile, and I imagine any other carrier who offsets the price > of their phones to lock you into a contract. > > Just my $0.02. > > What you're paying the extra money for, for the Freerunner, is the > freedom of doing whatever you want with your phone. Sure, the iPhone has > their SDK released, but all applications still have to go through Apple > to operate on your phone -- I don't know if the SDK even allows you to > build an application just for your own iPhone to test it. Also, their > mobile OS is closed source -- you have no access to hack or tweak it to > do *exactly* what you want it to. You can't change the applications that > come with the phone, you can't do a lot of things. Sure, they have lots > of eye candy and some solid-looking applications, but once we as a > community port applications to the Freerunner hardware to run on > OpenMoko, we'll be leaps and bounds ahead of the iPhone software. > > That, to me, is worth the extra purchase price. > > -id > > _______________________________________________ > Openmoko community mailing list > firstname.lastname@example.org > http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/community
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