On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 9:55 AM, Shawn <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > My question is this: > say I buy a freerunner, but decide to switch to AT&T as my provider (as I > plan to do in the near future), will they not hit me with a contract > agreement anyway? Isn't that how you get the cheapest minute/plans? If thats > the case, then yeah, it looks like the iPhone is cheaper for my situation. > If you already have a mobile plan and do not intend to switch, then the > freerunner is the way to go. . . > > just my 2 cents.
Depends on the country and even more on personal preference. I personally have never used a cell phone via a contract - I buy pre-paid minutes, because I know what I'm spending that way. Plus the contract terms are comparable to an EULA - scary stuff to this individual. In fact, in Brazil where I live its illegal to sell a blocked phone - in no small part because those predatory telephone companies do curious things on their bills and limit their services. I think perhaps the USA is the odd ball in their "locked" way of doing business, so ymmv. I personally would find it ironic if I had an "open source" cell phone but had to have a contract to use it - but that's just me. Would I be paying extra on minutes? I only make about 10 minutes of calls a month and a little more when I travel, but even if it made modest economic sense, I prefer to pay more for my freedom. Sort of like paying more for an unlocked openmoko rather than some comparable alternative - if there's a choice, I'll pay more for freedom. Whether other people would or wouldn't pay more for their freedom isn't an interesting question to me - I simply don't care. Robert _______________________________________________ Openmoko community mailing list firstname.lastname@example.org http://lists.openmoko.org/mailman/listinfo/community