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AT&T Could Release a Customized 'AT&T' Android Phone

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When we spoke to AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph De La Vega a few months ago, he said AT&T was open to the possibility of Google's Android phones being on their network. Today, at CTIA, he followed up on this and said that he's already met with Google executives and is "encouraged by the idea that an Android phone could host AT&T branded apps."

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A possibility was to take an Android phone and shove AT&T's own money-generating apps onto it, such as MediaFLO mobile TV. "One of the things we were looking for was that it was truly open and that you could put other features and applications on it," which means the fact that AT&T can completely customize up an Android device means it's that much more likely you'll be able to use one on AT&T. Or, you could always just get one of the dozens of other GSM Android phones due out in the next few years, unlock it, and take it onto AT&T yourself. [Gearlog]

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"One of the things we were looking for was that it was truly open..."

Yeah right...totally open so you can totally close it. ATT will neuter all advanced features and/or make reqt's that phone has no forward-facing camera, etc.

Their TOS is so restrictive...basically all the cool webstuff is prohibited (no streaming...at all...period). By streaming I don't mean getting CNN Sports from their portal...I mean peeking in on my cctv security network...or youtube (not the neutered mobile one)....or...(fill in here).

Unlocked android phones prob' won't get 3G on att network...so your kewl phone will still be neutered when used on ATT's network.