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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...


Thursday, May 1, 2008

Mobile Admin 4.0 Gives Aide to Travelling, Rich System Admins

Posted by Jon Westfall in "Pocket PC Software" @ 12:00 PM

http://www.rovemobile.com/products/...on/ma/features/

"Mobile Admin is an enterprise network administration platform that allows unified management of all IT systems from any computer or handheld device. The Mobile Admin server software is installed on a single server on the network and allows for instant management of all other systems, without the need to install any agent software on the systems to be managed."


OK, as someone who travels and administers Windows server, I can really empathize with those that this software would help. Being able to manage Active Directory, Exchange, Domino, BES, Citrix, oracle, VMWare, and more from my handheld sounds like a godsend. However at the price of $495 per user, I have a hunch that only those with deep I.T. budgets will be able to afford this offering (And I totally understand this software is for a niche market, hence the higher price - but $495 is probably the highest price I've ever seen for a Windows Mobile application). It's a shame too, because if it was around $99 for a single user license, I most likely would have bought it already...


There is a trial available, and I'm sure some of our readers have the budget and need for this software. If you're one of them, let us know how it is!

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