More Ads? Really?

9:10 AM -- A couple of surprising results came from our poll about Android, the "It's Not a Phone" initiative from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG). (See Google: Android's Not Evil.)

A good 46 percent of respondents say they'd use a free handset subsidized by advertising. I didn't expect the "yes" vote to be zero, but 46 percent seems high.

A free phone would be great, but -- shouldn't we be trying to cut down on the advertising surrounding us? Was I the only one dismayed to start getting spam text messages from my own cellular company? (Luckily, that's stopped since they got bought by AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T).)

Twenty-four percent of the voters think Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will someday join the Open Handset Alliance . That's a minority, sure, but this is one I was figuring for close to zero, given Apple's love of closed architectures. Maybe some of the 24 percent know Apple better than me; I'd love to hear arguments why Apple would join the OHA.

You might be able to catch the poll here, if you still want to vote.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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