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

ERIC P. CHARLES epc2 at psu.edu
Tue Jun 7 15:59:11 EDT 2011

If by "enslaved to a corporate cabal" you mean that I use my cell phone
mostly as a phone, I can tell you it doesn't feel that bad. Personally, I have
trouble imagining why anyone would want to do otherwise. The complaints of
people who have to 'go through the trouble' to jailbreak iPhones, for example,
strike me as silly. If you don't like what the iPhone is, why did you buy one?
It's like someone who buys a new house and then complains it is not laid out
the way they want, and then complains about how hard it was to redo the floor
plan: You know there were other houses, right? You know it was a perfectly
functional house already, right? 

Now, I'm not against tinkering with
things. If you are the type of person that likes to buy things intended for one
purpose and modify them for other purposes, then I support you, and am at times
a comrade in arms. But if that were the case, there would be no reason to

Ah well, slave signing out,


On Tue, Jun 
7, 2011 12:43 PM, "glen e. p. ropella" <gepr at tempusdictum.com>
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
>> 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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Eric Charles

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Professor of Psychology
Penn State University
Altoona, PA

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