[FRIAM] Android: Root It? Or are there phones that come unlocked/jailbroken?

glen e. p. ropella gepr at tempusdictum.com
Tue Jun 7 12:43:28 EDT 2011

This is more about the hardware manufacturer and the service provider,
not the operating system.  FWIW, Samsung is very friendly.  I have a
Motorola.  They're relatively neutral.  Verizon is not friendly.  Apple
is an enemy.  T-Mobile is neutral.  Cricket is friendly (so far).

I can't imagine anyone _not_ rooting their phone and replacing their
operating system at will.  It boggles my mind that so many tech savvy
people enslave themselves to a corporate cabal.

Owen Densmore wrote at 06/07/2011 09:27 AM:
> [Note: widened from wedtech to include friam, see attached.]
>>From /.: Advocacy Group Files FCC Complaint Over Verizon Tethering Ban
> 	http://goo.gl/ynL9A 
> I believe I now am in the same spot with android as with iphone: I will have to at least jail break any phone I own, and heck, might as well unlock it while I'm at it.
> This surprises me.  Android was to be the hacker's delight, a Google "no evil" phone that allows me to use it as I please.  Not a sissy iphone where Apple rules my life and limits my options.
> After yesterdays announcement of the iTunes cloud (where they store not only your bought media in their cloud, but any CDs you rip and have in iTunes!!), I'm rethinking just how free Google etc are over Apple.
> I still plan to complete my conversion to gmail, and the Google ecology has lots of advantages.  But Apple is gaining fast with everything (mail, contacts, calendar, music, bookmarks, ...) in iCloud and accessible everywhere.
> If this works, and that's a big IF, and if they can be cross-platform .. at least windows if not linux/unix (a bigger IF!), Google will start to look like a chaotic mess of non-integrated parts while Apple, once again, solves the user's problem.
> 	http://daringfireball.net/2011/06/demoted

glen e. p. ropella, 971-222-9095, http://tempusdictum.com

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