[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Re: N800 and Bluetooth Headsets

From: Neil MacLeod gmane at nmacleod.com
Date: Wed Feb 7 07:00:44 EET 2007
Mike Klein wrote:
I'm in the "no built-in cellular" camp - for me, this was a smart move as I can use the N800 with whatever phone I have now (GSM/GPRS) and with whatever phone I get with my next upgrade (almost certainly a GSM/HSDPA phone).

Nokia probably took a look at the data plans offered by most network providers around the world, saw things were bad (ie. charging the Earth per megabyte with all sorts of usage restrictions - no voip etc. - and transfer caps) and decided the World simply isn't ready for mass consumer internet on the move over mobile networks. In which case, why bother complicating the N800 with this potentially unnecessary hardware? And aside from business users, few people will have data-only SIMs when they can just as easily use their mobile phone over Bluetooth.

Also, by adding cellular hardware the Internet Tablet suddenly becomes regionalised - CDMA for USA/Korea, GSM for the rest of the world, not to mention all the HDSPA/EDGE/EVDO/Whatever high-speed variants. Different hardware and possibly different firmware for each region - nice!

Summary: No phone hardware == Master stroke


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