Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Nov 2009 20:44 UTC
Editorial Most of us here like gadgets. Things with displays, LEDs, or stuff that otherwise lights up in the dark and makes cool noises. There is this one gadget I had been waiting for to come out in The Netherlands for quite a while now, but at some point a limit was reached, and today I decided to do a complete 180 and buy a competing product.
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And then you answer your own question: Palm isn't a meaningful brand in the Netherlands, so, that, combined with the small population (only about half that of California) means it makes no sense for Palm to go all out on a limb to sell their phones there, because frankly, the Netherlands just isn't that important of a market! I very much doubt any phone manufacturer with thin potential profit margins would even bother trying to negotiate things for just half the state of California (though they are a rather influential state, technologically and economically, despite a huge deficit) if they can negotiate with fewer other service providers that give them access to a larger potential customer base combined with more pre-existing brand recognition.

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