I have had multiple unlocked GSM phones, and I have been using SMS, MMS, Data, etc. with Cingular IN THE UNITED STATES for years.
That statement is a filthy lie.
Do you think the owners of Google are stupid?
If Google has a large pile of cash, the negotiation floor for buying Google or taking it public is its cash on hand. (assuming they don't have any huge liabilities)
Many aligators will be slain, but the swamp will remain.