Enjoying Android, Freedom
I purchased this phone in the UK, but have since returned to Australia. This did require me to SIM unlock the phone, but my original provider (T-Mobile) allowed this for a minimal fee. This is better than being stuck, but not quite as good as having an unlocked phone to begin with. A neutral result on the freedom front.
Where having an Android phone really shines, though, is that I can install whatever I like on it. I’m not at the mercy of the manufacturer, or my service provider. I’m taking advantage of this right now by using a tethering application1 to give my laptop mobile internet access. I love being able to roam, settle somewhere comfy and work for a while. This is something certain carriers are resisting, purely to protect their own interest. But because I use a free platform, I’m in control.
This kind of freedom works particularly well for me, because I work from home, with all the flexibility that entails. It’s especially good considering that home is within walking distance of this:
Not a bad office for the afternoon :).
What’s my point in all of this? Not to gloat — well, not entirely! The real point is that freedom enables all sorts of fun and creativity. If you value that, don’t waste time complaining about the alternatives. Just get yourself an open phone, and start supporting it with your imagination.
1 – PdaNet, if you’re interested. I’m still evaluating, but it’s looking pretty good.
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