[maemo-users] [maemo-users] 770 on the way

From: Simon Pickering S.G.Pickering at bath.ac.uk
Date: Mon Dec 4 19:19:10 EET 2006
> > I was attempting (badly!) to make the point that the usual product 
> > pattern for Nokia/SE/whoever - where they release some new, 
> > interesting device and then release incremental/facelift upgrades 
> > that'll support themselves through the artificially buoyed 
> up market 
> > of telco contracts - may not be very well suited to the full-price, 
> > no-contract-available 770 upgrade.
> Are you from US? Because most people around me (and I guess 
> generally in
> Europe) buy their phones themselves and not from mobile operator.
> Operators offer phones too, yes, but they are generally 
> overpriced, outdated and the choice is limited. Maybe 
> companies use this but for average person it does not make 
> sense. Phones and cellular operators are different things. Or 
> do you buy TV from your cable/TV operator? Also majority of 
> people here (70%) use prepaid cards without contract and even 
> have more such cards from different operators and swap them 
> in one phone. Maybe mobile market is more competitive in 
> Europe (or in my country)? I remember phones bought from 
> operators were blocked in firmware to prevent using with 
> other cellular networks but this is history too (maybe noone 
> bought such phones?).

Certainly everyone I know in the UK gets a phone as part of the line rental
package (or at least discounted by it) from their service provider/operator
(e.g. Vodafone, Orange, etc.). Seems like there are major differences within
Europe too (not too surprisingly).



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