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Nokia Announces New Cseries, Eseries Phones

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Replying to:  ALL manufacturers hate T-Mobile and Wind! by mingkee   Apr 13, 2010, 10:26 PM

Re: ALL manufacturers hate T-Mobile and Wind!

by fahrende    Apr 14, 2010, 10:08 AM

This is a Nokia global release. That means they are not targeting any specific carrier and that they are probably announcing the most popular/first to release versions first. Believe it or not, changing frequency bands is not a matter of just popping in a different chip/rf. It actually requires quite a lot of testing and calibration.

On another note/rant to all the naysayers of these phones, I find their myopic vision of the cell phone market rather humorous. I can can understand why the average NA smartphone shopper might not be lining up to purchase these phones, but keep in mind, there are 6.5+ billion other people in the world out there who might think otherwise or find the present phone/service combos too expensive to purchase (look at the cost of ownership of the iPhone in the UK or Europe and you will understand).

NA cell phone economics is amusingly strange to me. It is one of those products where people wear their loyalties on their sleeve and really criticize others for not also parting with large sums of money. Criticizing someone for not buying an iPhone is like criticizing someone for not driving a Porsche or BMW(which I know exists, but in much more of a minority). Perhaps it's the much lower perceived entry point that allows/encourages this behavior (many more people can afford the phone plus $1000-1200 for the two year contract than a $100k car).

In actually sales figures, the smartphone market is still a small percentage (albeit a very profitable one) worldwide and there is still a long ways to go before it hits main street. I'm willing to guess that many of the phonescoop readers are concentrated to the more metropolitan cities on either coast and therefore have a somewhat skewed view of high end phone usage.

Any new technology benefits people the most when the cost goes down. Airbags were great when Mercedes first came out with them, but it wasn't until Honda, Toyota, Ford, etc. started installing them that most automobile owners could really benefit. The same goes for traction control, nav systems, and countless other automobile technologies. This is also the case for cell phones.

Smartphones and/or smartphone like features have to come down in price before you will see even far greater market penetration. These phones are an interpretation of that lower price. Are they iPhones/Android Phones/or any other? No. And that was never their intent. Many of the accusations and arguments that I've encountered so far as basically go along the lines of hating a Corolla for not being a 750iL. It just doesn't make any sense.

Do high end phones have a place in the market? Absolutely. Apple, due to it's various talents beyond it's technical abilities, was able to change user perceptions for what a phone could be. That has favorably increased competition amongst other comapanies as they try to meet and beat that product. I am not trying to bash one company to favor anther, but rather trying to shed light on a rather complex ecosystem. That's just my $0.02.

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