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by Scott Stevenson — Jul 28
Well, have you ever thought about the phone bill they'd have if they had real, working, connected phones in their shops?

Phone bill? They're the phone company. :)

There are always people who'd abuse this as a free way to call the wife and say they'll be late for dinner, etc.

There would be, yes. That's part of providing demo units. I think it's worth accepting that so that people can try the product, though. In any case, T-Mobile can't be too torn up about something that brings people into their selling environment.

you can usually ask the clerk to take the phone out of the vice so you can better try it. Can't you do that in the US?

Not in the store I tried. I asked the clerk if other stores might and she said probably not. Occassionally a clerk actually owns the phone you want to look at, and they might let you try it out.

Oh, and any reason you didn't try Nokia phones?

I don't remember seeing any that really caught my attention. I think I saw they had a flip phone, but I don't like that design. They might have another that I missed. In any case, I'm very happy with the Sidekick UI, and the trackball makes a big difference.
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