Linked by kristoph on Sun 6th Jun 2010 10:58 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A number of recent reports provide a new picture of the current smart phone market landscape and the trends likely to impact that landscape over the coming year. The latest US market share report by Nielsen shows both the iPhone OS and Android growing at the expense of Windows Mobile and the Blackberry OS.
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RE[2]: Wait for MS
by MobyTurbo on Sun 6th Jun 2010 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Wait for MS"
MobyTurbo
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It is a pity that the rest of the world is not represented in these Figures.
I'll bet that the patterns would be different.

The Mobile phone market is very different in Europe. Multiple carriers exist in virtually every country. Most smartphones are available on at least two carriers.
I sometimes feel a bit sorry for users where devices like the iPhone are only available on one network. By all accounts AT&T is pretty awful.Thankfully, I have at least three different physical networks to choose from.

Most of these aren't like the iPhone, available only on one carrier in the US. Blackberries, mentioned in the article, get released on virtually every major and even some of the prepaid carriers. Android is on all of the major carriers (though AT&T's offering is weak and crippled). Palm had a six month exclusivity on Sprint, then came out with better WebOS handsets on two other major US carriers. Only AT&T enjoys a 5 year+ exclusive relationship with Apple in the US, the typical exclusivity ends after 6 months or so, for Blackberries, Android after the "beta" G1, and so on.

Oh, by the way, I have four major physical networks and several others to chose from here in NYC, though with contractual agreements on the major carriers, excepting their prepaid offshoots, you can only switch carriers every two years so it might as well be a monopoly.

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