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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Its changing to a third type in Denmark.
by brostenen on Sun 19th Aug 2012 20:31 UTC
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2007-01-16

Well...
At first, from the late 80, until mid 90's, phones and plans were for bussiness only. Extremely expensive for both.

Then in the 90's phones went to be cheap, and the plans were really expensive. And the plans went to be cheaper and cheaper. In order to snatch consumers.
New companies started to offer really, really cheap plans only. Not selling or giving away phones at all. Plans only, you see.... You could still buy a phone for 1 danish kroner, and that changed too... Plans were cheap, phones began to get more expensive. Slowly.

Then in the last couple of years, from circa 2008. Operators began to change their bussiness.
Now you get a plan, pay for a cheap phone, and then a monthly fee for the phone (plus the plan of course).
They say it's better. Yet... When all is paid, you have mannaged to save just a couple of percentages on the phone. That is why i have bought my phone cash...
I get a phone that is not operator locked, full of operator bloatware and it's all mine from day one.

I get to keep my beloved operator, as they only "serve" the connection. And it's cheap.
25$ us dollars (149 danish kroners) for: 6 hours + 6 Gigabyte + free sms+mms. And.... Double up on that for the rest of the year...
I paid 298$ us dollars (1799 danish kroners) for my phone (galaxy s plus).

I am happy...

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