It's a pile of horse shit.
Take Verizon. Their CEO sits down for a chat with BusinessWeek and drops a bombshell. Verizon is jumping on the Android bandwagon. Or so he says. They have yet to join the Open Handset Alliance, which for all intents and purposes means that the guy was talking out of his ass. Whatever though, he scored some huge fucking PR points by making people believe that the high walls of his company's garden were being dismantled from the inside.
On a less cynical note, it would be sweet if he was telling the truth. Android looks really nice as a mobile platform. That, and unlike BREW it's not owned lock, stock and barrel by Qualcomm.
But the PR coup of the week goes to AT&T. Wired News summed it up best:
How to Jump on the Open Access Bandwagon By Doing Absolutely Nothing
"You can do anything you want on our network, really!" Just don't try to do it with a phone you bought from them....
Lastly, we have the iPhone. For all its polished web browsing and snappy interface, it's still the same piece of shit ball-and-chain that the carriers have been selling all along. Good job Apple. You really upset the industry balance with that one... </sarcasm>
I'm not really going anywhere with all of this, but I feel better now. Why did you even read this far?
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