It's not a major secret that the US wireless phone industry is widely controlled by the major carriers here. From bloatware, to slow updates, to availability, everything done to carrier branded devices here in the US just plain sucks.
There is however, a better option, and that's unlocked phones sold directly to the consumer from the manufacturer. It's not done very often and when it is, there's often little success, because old habits die hard. The vast majority of consumers buy smartphones from their carrier's website or their carrier's storefront.
Chinese OEMs such as Huawei and others are trying to break into the US market by selling unlocked phones online, without carrier acknowledgement. However, the average consumer off the street has no clue who these companies are and we need this to change. These companies make great hardware too. It's a shame.
Motorola could help set a precedent here. Motorola is a well known brand and they're launching a phone here in the US that's unlocked, affordable, and carries the flagship moniker. We need this direct-to-consumer approach to take off. We need people to realize it's okay to buy a smartphone online.
I'm excited for this method to take off not only for unlocked phones without carriers muddying the waters, but for even more options. We all know what a Samsung phone or HTC phone looks like. We're very familiar with Motorola, LG, and Sony. I'm ready to see Huawei, OPPO, ZTE, and Xiaomi break into the US market and offer us even more choices.
So, I agree . I hope that sells more phones through Moto Maker than they could have ever imagined. The price is right. The design is right. The Google experience is right. This phone should be on everyone's radar.
Now, you can avoid the wait and see the busiest times of the week at millions of places and businesses around the world directly from Google Search. For example, just search for "Blue Bottle Williamsburg", tap on the title and see how busy it gets throughout the day. Enjoy your extra time!
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