Well, if you buy an unbranded phone, then depending on the bands, you would be able to use it on any network. For example, my Nokia N900 works on T-Mobile's 3G bands, but it will also work on AT&T's 2G bands (EDGE data speeds). I bought it unbranded from Nokia so I can use it on T-Mobile 3G or AT&T 2G with a simple SIM card swap. On top of not having to renew a 2-year contract w/ AT&T, I got unlimited data for $15/mo since I was not forced to sign up for a smartphone data plan. And since the phone is unbranded, I got all the features like tethering. And you're not at the mercy of the carrier for updates.
Originally Posted by GaMMa
My Nokia N97 before that worked on AT&T's 3G network. Likewise, I got unlimited data for $15/mo and all the features.
I am really hoping that the Nokia WP7 phones coming will be available unbranded.
Of course your bill doesn't lower, do you really think the wireless carrier would really do such a thing? Do you really think Samsung is making any money on the Focus if AT&T offered it for $50? Why do you think AT&T wants you in a 2-year contract? The difference between $350 and $50 is going to be recouped somewhere.
Originally Posted by CJ Thunder
My sources are from friends on both sides (OEM and carrier), BTW.