Interesting perspective from Chris Dawson on the lack of incentive carriers have to keep their devices up-to-date on the latest version of Android.
His point makes sense, although I have to add that Apple’s incentive to push people to newer versions of iOS is also heavily tied to iTunes and selling content.
Once the phone is sold, the customer becomes a cost by consuming bandwidth and network resources. That cost is balanced by monthly charges, but the cost of pushing an OTA for a new version of Android is not recouped by the carrier.
And therein lies the easy answer. Carriers will eventually charge to upgrade.
As modder, my immediate reaction was, mod the phone to get 2.2 and all its glorious features, but as Chris correctly points out, jailbreaking (and modding) are black arts.
I found it funny that he found a guy on Craigslist to unbrick his iPhone, until I realized he lives in Portland, where he could get any number of open hackers to mod his Android phone. Just saying.
Thoughts? You know what to do.