Originally Posted by SpamSandwich
Google appears to be in a position to offer wireless that would benefit both Apple and Google (not to mention all non-at&t customers) in a huge, huge way.
... but not consumers:
"Google believes that the cost of voice calls and data connections to the Internet may be partly subsidized by advertisements brought to users by Googles powerful online advertising machine."
We have too many ads as it is, we don't need them on our phones too especially since you pay so much for them already.
Also, we already have this sort of thing in the UK. You can buy a phone and pick what provider you go with. You don't get every provider with every phone but you get a good choice.
Apple are the ones messing this up because it looks like they want exclusive deals with certain carriers. I don't really know what benefit this has at all so if Google should be talking to anyone, it's Apple and companies like them about why they are doing this.
It sounds to me like if Google force the issue, it could create a rift between them and companies like Apple who are going after exclusive deals.
Also views like this are a little naive:
"Instead of the wireless carrier choosing what software goes on their phones, users would be free to put any software they want on it."
We all want this but due to the nature of each phone platform, it just isn't possible to put any software they want on it. Apple have stressed that this is to ensure the stability and security of the device. Also, you just can't put the same software on a touch phone as you can on a button phone.