AT&T Planning to Lock Down all Android Handsets?

As CTIA was kicking off last week, AT&T and Dell unveiled the forthcoming Aero handset. The sleek touch-only device which features a 3.5-inch screen and 5 megapixel camera may have something in common with AT&T’s other Android phone, the Motorola Backflip.  According to, the Dell Aero will not allow for installation of applications that do not come from the Android Market. 

We hope this isn’t a growing trend for the nation’s second largest provider.  Sadly, this doesn’t have the feel of “coincidence” to us.  For whatever reasons, AT&T doesn’t appear to like one of the fundamental benefits of Android – choice.  Thankfully, there’s still a Nexus One that can be had with the full Google experience.

How many of you were considering picking up an Android phone from AT&T only to rethink your decision?

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