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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Not Always Better in North America: US & Canada Pay More for Wireless

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Mobile Operators" @ 11:00 AM

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/news...tm_campaign=rss

"Mobile users in the US and Canada tend to pay more for a complete cell phone package than anyone else in the world, according to a new report from the New America Foundation's Open Technology Initiative (OTI). The foundation examined the different types of mobile packages in various countries in order to determine the minimum cost for voice minutes, texting, and data, and found that-surprise!-countries with more competition and more regulation tended to have the best pricing."

An interesting piece by Ars Technica highlighting a recently released report showing that those in the US and Canada pay the highest prices for cell phones and plans relative to the rest of the world. Since US is just now starting to have some saturation with Pay-as-you-go (PAYG) data plans from companies like T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile Broadband, I'd agree that we have some catching up to do. Hopefully lowering prices will result!


Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Microsoft Says the Hidden Costs of Android Are Expensive

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 09:00 PM

http://gizmodo.com/5625796/microsof...s-are-expensive

"According to Business Insider, Microsoft says that Android's hidden manufacturing costs are much higher than their own $15-per-unit Windows Phone 7 license. They have some very good points, but others are not so good. Here are their arguments..."

Go check out the article and tell me what you think - is Microsoft right? Are the costs of a "free" operating system higher than most people think? I think there's definitely something to be said for an off-the-shelf experience that doesn't require customization to work properly, but thus far, the deficiencies in Android's offering hasn't exactly been slowing down the adoption rate...


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Microsoft and Verizon Defend Kin Plan Pricing

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 02:12 PM

http://www.computerworld.com/s/arti...75&pageNumber=1

"Microsoft's new Kin phones are not truly smartphones, but Verizon Wireless is charging users a minimum monthly $70 service fee anyway -- $30 alone for data -- over a two-year contract. Microsoft and Verizon representatives defended the fee on Tuesday, partly because of the Kins' automatic cloud-based backup of video, pictures and other data."

I've been critical of the reality distortion field that accompanies Steve Jobs every time he presents, so I can't be any less critical when I see Microsoft and Verizon doing the same thing. Both Microsoft and Verizon are standing arm in arm and together defending the pricing plan they've come up with for Kin. Ultimately, technology pundits such as myself saying the pricing plans are too expensive only count for so much - which isn't much - and what really mattes is what the market says.

In a few months we'll be able to see how popular the Kin is - or isn't - and make some conclusions from that. I maintain that the sweet spot would have been somewhere in the $40 to $50 pricing plans for both voice and data, and even lower if it's part of a family plan, not the $70+ realm that Verizon has chosen. Price matters - it always has, and it always will. Time and time again, consumers will accept "good enough" technologies if they intersect with a price point that makes sense; netbooks are a good example of this principal in action. The technologies in Kin are interesting, but not unique, and only someone who doesn't know any better is going to pay $70 per month for a Kin voice and data plan. Microsoft blew a prime opportunity to capture an important slice of the market...


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