Top message: Why do carriers put "their" firmware on phone? by Gnarlyjibs
Replying to: Re: Why do carriers put "their" firmware on phone? by Gnarlyjibs
Of course, some of the phones released by companies are exclusively available from a wireless provider and cannot even be purchased directly. But these phones are generally specifically made for the provider. You can't really complain about a product that is only available from, say AT&T, having AT&T firmware.
As long as people expect cheap phones, there will be branded phones available. It actually provides the widest selection. Lots of people can't pay $700 for a phone and those people are only able to have wireless phones BECAUSE of branded phones.
Those who want other options have them available. Everyone wins.
Expecting a provider to literally give you a very expensive phone (you don't think AT&T only pays $49.99 for these products I'm sure) without promoting it's services via the phone is entirely unrealistic.
So the direction "around" it, is to pay full price for an unlocked phone.
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