re: Android Buyers Find Smartphone Update Chaos
Some of us are already voting with our wallet but not in typical sense.
I paid the full $550 price for my unlocked Nexus One. You have that otption on most phones. Most consumers opt to join a much more restrictive carrier sand box for less up front.
I get updates on the phone and apps as soon as Google releases them, don't have any "custom" AT&T or other apps and have not been paying $5/month each for Voice recognition, Navigation (the full featured Google version, not the lame carrier versions required under most contracts), and mobile hotspot. That's $15 (or more) a month I haven't been giving to a carrier for over two years, more than the difference in orignal purchase price of the carrier contract versus unlocked cost.
Most consumers don't "do the math" on contract costs so opt for the "cheap" contract phone. Or they are addicted to the yearly upgrade mania which makes the above cost tradeoff moot but serves the carrier marketing plan. To put it another way, you do get what you pay for.
I will never purchase a sandboxed phone, iPhone or otherwise, and advise all in my sphere to do likewise.
p.s. Look to the European market for some sanity in the mobile phone space. Much more consumer friendly regulations. Where is our FCC advocacy of anyone beyond the carriers? An no, their reluctance on the AT&T/TMobile merger doesn't qualify.