Secret to Android's success: Free Droid phones?

November 19, 2010: 11:47 AM ET

Arguably the best Android phone available has gone to free with a two year contract.  Why?

If you head over to Amazon from now until Nov. 22, you can pick up a Droid X phone for free if you sign up for a two year contract.  In fact all of Verizon's (VZ) Droids, including the just announced Droid Pro are free. The fact that arguably the best Android phones in the U.S. are now free with a plan seems to indicate that paying up front for an Android phone should be a thing of the past.

There are a lot of reasons that Android has been so successful.  But I think the combination of the carrier and hardware manufacturer competition that the free OS has created could possibly be the most significant. More

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    A repeat of last year, Google is giving free WiFi to some holiday travelers. Google (GOOG) is also using the opportunity to advertise their Chrome browser, which has been gaining significant market share lately (closing in on 10%). The gift appears to be from the Chrome team and will work with Gogo wireless. Will MORE

    - Nov 8, 2010 10:48 AM ET
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