Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jul 2012 00:04 UTC
In the News A fascinating difference in smartphone buying behaviour got highlighted today. In the US, Apple has double the market share of its nearest competitor, Samsung. However, in The Netherlands, the swamp I call home, the situation is completely reversed; Apple sits at 10% of the smartphone market, Samsung at 19.6%. Is this indicative of Europe as a whole? Could German, French, Polish, British, Spanish, Italian, etc. readers give local information from their own countries? I'm intrigued.
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France
by spiderman on Sat 14th Jul 2012 07:51 UTC
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France was behind the rest of the world just last year but the new carrier (free.fr) turn the market upside down. We now have the most competitive market in Europe. Carriers no longer subsidize the phones with a contract. People pay the full price of the phones and the contracts start at €2/month for 2 hours up to €19.9/month for unlimited everything. As a result, people buy cheaper phones. I see more and more dumb phones here. The mind set is that yeah we like fart apps and it's fun to play angry birds but is that worth €500? Here you can have a very good laptop for €500 and play very sophisticated games on it.

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