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Top message:  850 downfall by 155n8th   Oct 29, 2003, 6:32 PM

Replying to:  Re: 850 downfall by Rich Brome   Nov 3, 2003, 1:31 PM

Re: 850 downfall

by scottj    Nov 3, 2003, 4:44 PM

well, I don't completely agree here. With respect to quad-band, I agree and my point was not that I want one. In fact, I could care less about 900/1800 - I rarely travel abroad and I'm not about to worry about whether or not my phone can - there are plenty of other options. I totally agree with you regarding the size of the US market. In fact, that was my point above, the the US market is smaller than the European/Asian markets regarding wireless phones. That being said, the American market is hardly trivial - have you driven in a car lately and not seen at least several people on their phones? Walk down a street and see the same? Been to a restaurant without hearing someone's phone ring? There are 250 million-odd of us - the market is growing and should be exploited. I'm not saying that every feature and every model needs to be made twice, but how are you ever going to whip up demand for devices with cutting edge features if you don't release some of them? Maybe the reason the American market is so small right now is we haven't been given any substantial data services to take advantage of. Right, we're not going to throw away our phones every 3 months because the new model can play a symphony in stereo when it rings - or because the "new improved" version has snap on color changes. And I can't blame manufacturers for taking advantage of that - you give the market what it wants. Unfortunately for the US, the major markets in the world seem primarily to want some kind of stylish toy and not a tool which can really add to the quality of their lives. They're far more concerned with how it looks and what it sounds like when it rings than with what it can do. How many posts do you read out on these forums where the bigest excitement regarding a new phone (or disappointment) is how polyphonic the ring is - I mean, come on, once it's rung, it's rung. I think, for the most part, Americans don't get that. We want value and service - not fluff. I also think that our service providers don't want us to be aware of some of these services because we'll push them harder to deliver. It seems to me that if ATTWS and Cingular said to Nokia, Seimens, Motorola, etc. that we're not going to take any handset that doesn't support 850 and didn't start delivering some of these great features (and they meant it!), someone would step in and deliver into this market - and make some pretty significant money doing it. Yeah, we're a smaller market, but we're not nearly as saturated as some of the more established European markets are. My point is not that I want a quad-band phone - I want a phone that supports GSM as it's deployed in the US that can take advantage of the high speed data that's here and coming. A phone that lets me replace my PocketPC/phone with a single device - a phone that gives me access to the internet in my pocket. The technology is there, a large part of it was invented in the US - my point is I'm frustrated that I can't get it in the US!
Scott

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