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Top message:  TMO pumps out more smartphones while ATT still relies on iPhone by andy2373   Jul 31, 2011, 10:35 AM

Replying to:  oh and by not pickles   Aug 3, 2011, 9:59 PM

It isn't a lack of other smartphones

by IrishCarBomb    Aug 4, 2011, 11:47 AM

it is a lack of quality alternatives. If you look at T-Mo, for example, they have the HTC G2, the LG G2X, and the HTC Sensation; all 3 of those don't have a counter part on AT&T, plus T-Mo has the Nexus S (7 months earlier) the HD7 (8 months earlier) the Captivate (a year old phone now)...

The point is AT&T is slow to release new, exciting Android devices/iPhone competitors, has a limited selection compared to other carriers (look at Sprint and Verizon's line ups), and so forth...

It will be interesting to see what happens in the next monthish... will they get a Galaxy SII? Will they get a Sensation-esque phone? Will they ever get an Android phone with full keyboard that isn't total crap?

Or, will they continue to just not get phones they could have (There is an AT&T compatible version of the Sensation, FCC approved and all, and being sold unlocked by some online retailers)... the Galaxy SII launched world wide compatible with AT&T's 3G, yet they might be the last to get it (again!)...

Some of this is corporate culture of AT&T not wanting to give consumers too much control over the user experience (they like Apple because they are the same)... the fear is users will have a bad experience and blame AT&T simply because they, the consumer, made a bad choice with how they used their phone. But it really is much worse to not allow them that choice at all, and not offer phones that let them make that choice.

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