Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 16th Oct 2013 09:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I think many who extol Android's flexibility fall into the tinkerer category, including some tech bloggers. They love all the ways they can customize their phones, not because they're seeking some perfect setup, but because they can swap in a new launcher every week. That's fun for them; but they've made the mistake of not understanding how their motivation differs from the rest of us.

A whopping 70%-80% of the world's smartphone owners have opted for Android over iOS. You could easily argue that 3-4 years ago, when Android was brand new, that it was for early adopters and tinkerers. To still trot out this ridiculous characterisation now that Android is on the vast majority of smartphones sold is borderline insanity.

Choice is not Android's problem. People who assume out of a misplaced arrogance that they represent the average consumer are the problem.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by mkone on Wed 16th Oct 2013 23:12 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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As a Norwegian, I have really never understood the close connection between carrier and cell phone in many countries. How have the carriers been able to manipulate the people to think that they must buy their phone subsidized? People don't buy other products in the same price range subsidized. Do they buy their TV from their cable company subsidized? No. Do they buy their toaster subsidized from their electric company? No.

It's simple really.

Carriers can provide interest free loans to buy a phone. And there really isn't any economic benefit to getting your cellular service separately. You won't get the cellular service cheaper. Perversely, because you are more likely to jump between carriers, you are worth less as a customer, so they charge you more.

I recently lost a phone (an iPhone) and when I was looking into getting one on contract vs buying one direct from Apple, I realised that:
- A provider was willing to effectively sell the phone to me at the same price as Apple, and
- They are willing to give me lower tariffs than they would if I got a sim only contract.

I think the reasoning is actually quite simple - when you get from a mobile service provider, they get a profit from selling you the phone, and some profit from providing you the service.

Buy your phone separately, and the second tends to be higher.

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