North American Smartphone Paradigm
The model drives me crazy, as I imagine it does most of you; signing a 2-year (3 years in Canada) contract in order to get your hands on the latest device continues to confound me. Though I proudly consider myself a nerd, I am shamefully ill-informed on the models for smartphone adoption elsewhere in the world, specifically Europe, so I have a few questions:
- Am I to understand that it is far easier to obtain an unbranded/unlocked (straight-from-the-manufacturer) smartphone in Europe than in North America?
- If so, are the storefronts, of major mobile carriers (Orange and Vodafone for example), where people go to get these devices? Or are they available at most major electronics stores.
- Are the off contract prices similar to that which we see here? (even though, here, in many cases, when you buy a phone off contract from a carrier it will still have that carriers crap all over it)
What am I missing?