Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th May 2012 17:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless This is fun. The number one iOS carrier duking it out with the company behind the world's most popular smartphone operating system. Last month, Google's lead for the Android Open Source Project, Jean-Baptiste Queru, more or less blamed carriers (see comments) for Android's upgrade woes. Yesterday, AT&T's CEO Randall Stephenson retaliated, blaming Google for the delays. And yes, Google already responded to that, too.
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RE: Google/OSS -- all Pro, no Con
by r_a_trip on Wed 9th May 2012 10:55 UTC in reply to "Google/OSS -- all Pro, no Con"
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The carriers still see themselves as phone companies. They stopped being that, once they let mobile computers with phone capabilities on their networks. For better or worse, telephony is slowly taking a backseat and data is taking over. Tech savy people are increasingly communicating in text and pictures and dedicated voice is waning. The Joe and Jane Sixpack category will follow. It is only a matter of time that the traditional dumbphone will have transitioned over to a low end smartphone.

Carriers need to realise they are now wireless ISP's. They need to transition to providing flatrate data plans and shift voice over to their own VOIP infrastructure. Just let people download the Carrier VOIP App in the App stores and be done with the idea that you primarily get a phone subscription to make phone calls. They could even monetize it. Use Carrier Apps and receive additonal services (provided they add value) and any additional small fee is conveniently added to your data bill.

The time of enticing people to renew a contract by offering the next "gratis" fashionable brick of a dumbphone is over.

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