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Cell phones forum: Service options (US) w/ original mfr phone (PLEASE HELP)

by: TastesLikeVermin May 28, 2010 2:42 PM PDT

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Service options (US) w/ original mfr phone (PLEASE HELP)

by TastesLikeVermin - 5/28/10 2:42 PM

Hello, I'm new here, and would appreciate any information which can be provided on the use of phones in the US which are NOT the ATT, Verizon, or T-Mobile stripped-down versions. After two years of gnashing my teeth at what AT&T did to what was originally a beautiful Ericcson, which they also rigged to cause easy pocket-dialing to their really awful billable-by-the-minute online network, I am now finding that it only gets worse now that I am considering a smart phone upgrade. Some of them which had extra cameras for teleconferencing, wi-fi capability, and even FM transmitters have such features removed by the American service providers who sell them. Also, almost all of them have less memory as well - the more I dig, the more of a horror it is to learn just how far they go to control the access I have to what are otherwise fine products when it's them!

As a result of the above, I have concluded that I may need to purchase my next phone independently of any, or most carriers in the US, if I don't want to be let down by a product which is not consistent with the glowing reviews which were written by people who received their products directly from the manufacturer. Am I wrong on this (I have so far researched mostly the free-with-contract, or very-low-charge-with-contract Samsung, HTC, and LG offerings through AT&T, but a few Google-clicks indicates that other companies practice similar product-dismembering). Are there any in the US which don't operate by this despicable practice, or are there some which will leave it mostly intact if I spend $100 or two (instead of $500 through the manufacturer)?

If no to the above, and I go with buying an original-manufacturer phone, are the USA companies permitted to, or known to deny anyone connection service due to it not being through one of their phones? If not, can I sign up for a plan similar to the contract calling plans, or will I be stuck with only the pay-as-you-go options? Please help if you can - thanks!

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