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To Rich or Eric


Apr 10, 2006, 1:54 PM
Did you guys notice how CTIA has become more insignificant? There seems like there were less attendance, the venue seemed smaller and not many things were announced this years as was last year.

There was less hype. It was almost quiet.

I was wondering if you felt that and if you think that this is a hiccup for 2006 or an ongoing trend?
Rich Brome

Apr 10, 2006, 11:29 PM
I did hear a lot of people saying things like that last week.

I think it was just the venue. Because CES is in the same place, and a lot of the same people go to both shows, people might have been subconsciously comparing it to that. CES is so insane, and CTIA is so much smaller, that of course it's going to feel small.

It's also a huge convention center, (it has to be to handle CES,) so CTIA was fairly spread out in the large space, giving it an empty feeling. I definitely noticed wider aisles, etc. compared to CES, and past CTIA shows.

But maybe a better yardstick was the press events. Those are in the same types of ballrooms not matter the city, and even they felt like there was less attendance than past years (by both companies ...

Apr 11, 2006, 6:09 PM
Why does Samsung at thier Experience store in New York, display full featured working upcomming un-announced models if they need to keep everything under wraps? The Samsung A800 was shown at the Experience before the original Intranet photos were even leaked.
Rich Brome

Apr 12, 2006, 1:41 PM
Mis-communication within the company. Samsung is a massive corporation with many divisions. Samsung USA, Samsung Electronics, and Samsung Telecommunications America (STA) are all different divisions of Samsung, and it seems that they're not always on the same page. Then you have Publicis, the PR company for STA. With so many different entities involved, things get mixed up.

Just at CTIA, I met with STA people, Publicis people, and Samsung Electronics people from Korea. Separate meetings. It was weird. Confused

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