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It's hard to see a consumer downside to subsidized hardware. Don't want to use Amazon/Google's software? It's your phone, you bought it. Run what you like.

The Nexus 4 is an excellent play; it's a capable and carrier-independent phone. May it encourage wireless carriers to focus on network coverage, network quality, and price.

It'll be a great day when Verizon starts pricing like Ting.

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