Dell Streak still locked to AT&T when you purchase it off contract

The Dell Streak, the new not-quite-a-phone-but-not-quite-a-tablet-either from AT&T is finally here. We've already detailed the pricing and some of the features and specs of this odd little device, but there's a little point worth remembering. Even if you purchase the Streak off contract, it's still going to be locked to AT&T. You'll be buying it unsubsidized, not unlocked. And that's true of any other phone on AT&T -- or any other carrier, for that matter. 

Google tried to do something about this with the Nexus One, starting it out available off or on contract with T-Mobile 3G bands, and later releasing one compatible with AT&T 3G. Of course, Google's web store is no more, so that put a stop to that.

The Streak has enough problems without being tied to a single carrier for wireless service. The thing is too big to be a phone, too small to be an effective tablet, and it's running Android 1.6. When it does finally get Android 2.2, it's very possible that Gingerbread will be out