Linked by robojerk on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I have often wondered why there wasn't a flood of Android portable media players - now the WSJ Reports: "With the move, Samsung will round out a series of Galaxy-named gadgets that matches product for product with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods, iPad and iPhone. Samsung will have the Galaxy Player, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphone. All use a variation of Google Inc.'s Android operating system and work with apps developed for it."
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RE[7]: Good move
by kaiwai on Fri 31st Dec 2010 07:13 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Good move"
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The difference is a lack of legal enforcement of a single technology, not a technical deficiency.

Countries like NZ have been able to pick and choose from technologies developed and tested in the US. Given the layout of the current cell infrastructure of the US requiring a single system would be costly. If the US only needed to cover an area the size of NZ changing the existing system would be much easier.

Cell phone companies have been able to compete with landlines that operate on cost as public trusts so I'm not convinced consumers are at a significant disadvantage with the current system. Last I checked cell bills in the US are comparable to France and Norway.

Then you're obviously clueless about the NZ terrane because it isn't as simple as throwing up a few towers and away you go. Telecom New Zealand went form the old analogue system to CDMA2000 in a hope of piggy backing off deals with Sprint to get cheap handsets into New Zealand to then undercut the market leader Vodafone/BellSouth which uses GSM. Unlike Verizon, Telecom recognised a system that was dead and made the change to W-CDMA instead of procrastinating as with the case of Verizon.

As for 'much bigger country' - come on, the US is a $14trillion dollar economy that is by far a lot richer than New Zealand could ever of dream becoming. On resources alone to be able to dedicate to such a switch over should make the US the market leader when it comes to deployment of technologies in a timely manner.

As for the 'bills' please, this is the country that charges the sender AND receiver of texts and mobile phone calls! if there was ever a system more screwed up I've yet to see it!

Edited 2010-12-31 07:14 UTC

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