Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Aug 2012 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I always see The Netherlands - my home country - as a small, easily graspable version of other, larger and more important western countries and even the west as a whole. In light of this, Tweakers.net's Arnoud Wokke points to a very interesting report about the Dutch telecommunications market. This reports notes a trend that, if present in the rest of the world, could have serious effects for phone makers.
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Situation in Spain
by wizzbill on Sun 19th Aug 2012 17:42 UTC
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2012-08-19

The situation in Spain is quite turbulent. Spain has always been a huge telecom market and a quite advanced country. We are heavy mobile users and always like to have the best gear with us.

However, since early this year the two (out of three) major carriers have completely stopped (well, with some small, temporary comebacks) subsidies. This has had a huge impact in sales. As an example, in April and May iPhone sales dropped below 5% where Android is selling almost 80% of the smartphones (we guess it's low-end Android phones).

But subsidies have been a major factor in Spain's really high plan prices. They're evil, you pay your phone several times in your plan bill and you're trapped without being able to change plans to the ever lower plans we have in Spain --as there's a hefty competition (we have over 30 carriers here to choose from).

We run a blog (http://www.wizzbill.com/blog) were we explain as much as possible the Spanish mobile market and how to save money. We also wrote a post specially on this topic (http://www.wizzbill.com/el-fin-de-las-subvenciones-en-los-moviles-c...). I'm sorry it's all in Spanish, but you may find it interesting to translate it.

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