AT&T really dropped rhe Android ball

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  1. jsh1120

    jsh1120 Silver Member

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    Though the backflip is unlikely to appeal to many folks on this site that doesn't mean it isn't an appealing device. One doesn't have to see the evil presence of Apple in all this to understand that an affordable smartphone that one does not have to spend hours (if not weeks or months) configuring is a worthwhile product for AT&T.

    The backflip is meant to appeal to consumers whose tastes run to social networking and don't want to be bothered with a phone where that functionality is, at best, a secondary priority.

    The phone allows AT&T to have a presence (and therefore a voice) on the Android platform. It provides a hedge if Apple elects to jump ship and make the iPhone available to other carriers. And its unique form factor has a definite novelty value, not an insignificant consideration in the phone market.

    Like it or not, if the Android platform is going to be anything other than a playground for geeks, the backflip is just the first in a wave of similar devices.
     
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    I have no idea. I have the impression that where I live is a signal rich area for all carriers (near Chicago, ILL) as whenever I talk to someone about another carrier I do not get any complaints about this.

    I became an AT&T customer through acquisition - they bought the company I was a customer of. In fact, since I got my first cell phone I have paid the bill to 4 or 5 different corporate entities without ever changing my service.

    I have always had good service from whoever cashed the checks. I realize that this is not the case for every AT&T customer.

    Why am I reading and posting on a Verizon forum? I figured that those of you who had been using Android longer might have something to offer.

    I will point out to those who poke fun at people who do not own the latest/greatest Android powered phone - If the cell phone carriers only sold to the small percentage who are the uber-geeks and technophiles they wouldn't bother. The people who buy the phones just to use them as phones and as tools to help manage their lives benefit the high-end community by providing the monetary incentives to the developers through higher sales than selling only to the savvy minority.

    The everyday users - who just want their phones to work and their schedules to be right and available wherever they are - benefit from the community that tears these devices apart and turns them inside out finding flaws and offering improvements.

    I felt a need to state an opposing opinion to some of the statements about the Backflip because I disagreed with them and in some cases found them to be erroneous.
     
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    My girlfriend has a Backflip and she loves it. She's not a "phone geek" like me, so she really doesn't care about non-market apps. She just wants a phone that is going to work when she needs it, and the Backflip does that for her. I think it's a cool phone. It's not enough for me, though. I would prefer something a bit more robust, and thankfully, with my Droid I have it.
     
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    AT&T service was very good when I had my iPhone, at least for the most part. They were just as professional and provided me with credits when appropriate. Part of the problem with them was that, after a while, the insane data being pushed from the iPhone was tapping the network. With the Droid, Verizon is starting to see the same. I've had two outages. Not terribly long but they were there too.
     
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    :/

    i agree, and as how this is my first android phone, i was totally disappointed and infuriated that at&t totally implemented something into android that it is nothing about. Opensource, freedom. And I really hope it becomes rooted soon. I left windows because of restriction, and i will soon do the same to at&t.
     
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    you assume it's ONLY about putting the most capable phone on the market out. It's not, it's about mass production and getting as many people as possible, buying products from you.


    Texas Instruments make great advanced, scientific calculators and they make very limited calculators. you're suggestion that Texas Instruments should be ashamed to put out basic calculators when they know how to make a very advanced calculator is flawed in economic thinking.... I don't need a scientific calculator to help me balance my checkbook or do my budget, so why should I be forced to buy a $100 calculator, when my basic, $1 calculator does everything I need it to do? If you need/want a Scientific Calculator, T.I. has a calculator for you.... if you don't, T.I. has a calculator for you, too.

    There's a reason Droids cost more than backflips.... available options.... but if I don't need all the droid's options, why should I be forced to buy it because Moto has the ability to make it?

    if you need a phone that does everything, Moto has a phone for you... if you don't, Moto has a phone for you, too.
     
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    Google's market share wont be affected by this. Mainly because most people won't buy the backflip over an iPhone anyways. There isn't much of a smartphone market left to capture on AT&T. Most people that have smartphones with them are already committed to an iPhone or Blackberry.
     
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