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Can I get an Android phone without the network branding?

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Jan. 29, 2011 at 12:38

Of course you can. There are many online retailers. Some manufacturers sell directly, too. Of course subsidized, network branded handsets are usually cheaper... Another alternative is to buy a branded one and get it unlocked and unbranded...

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2011 at 12:38

Of course you can. There are many online retailers. Some manufacturers sell directly, too. Of course subsidized, network branded handsets are usually cheaper... Another alternative is to buy a branded one and get it unlocked and unbranded...

TheGoodWord  Jan. 29, 2011 at 18:32

And if you are going to 'debrand' - read this guide on how you can do that: http://www.geeks.co.uk/27626-debranding-mobile-phone.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 29, 2011 at 21:15

The Goodword, are you sure that's the right link? It's just basic info and 'opinion' on the whole branding 'issue'... :{

GymKiller  Feb. 2, 2011 at 14:45

It’s fairly unlikely (if not impossible) that you’ll find a phone without some kind of branding on it. However, you can root your phone and install custom ROMs to remove branding.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 2, 2011 at 15:35

GymKiller is right - as long as you buy you phones from you network provider (be that on contract or pre-pay), chances are there will be some sort of branding on it - from browser shortcuts, to bootscreens and themes. Sometimes that branding goes even further: phones' advertised features are disabled (voip is an example - the networks want you to use their phone services after all).
To be sure your next phone is unbranded you have to buy from the manufacturer or from reputable online retailers. If, e.g., Expansys ( http://www.expansys.com/ ) advertise a phone as sim-free, it is generally a generic, unbranded handset.
Occasionally, it can be worthwhile to check out phone forums run by the networks to find out if a new device is branded. Because sometimes the networks are adding phones to their catalogues before they can get their hands on the branding. My current HTC Desire HD is unbranded and not sim-locked although I bought it from Vodafone Ireland.

If you fell for an offer, and did end up with a severely branded handset, you either need to take it to a good phone repair shop, or you take matters into your own hands. Research unbranding options online. Caution though: you may risk your warranty, and not all unbranding or unlock methods are as easy as the one for the Samsung Galaxy S, e.g.

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