Linked by David Adams on Fri 4th Dec 2009 17:16 UTC
In the News This 24/7 Wall Street article displays three common media ailments: hyperbole, a love for top ten lists, and an obsession with December predictions for the coming year (which off course OSNews is obviously also falling victim to), and there are some predictable losers on this list (Blockbuster Video, anyone?). I thought it would be an interesting topic for OSNews because three of the companies/brands are quite familiar to us: Palm, Motorola, and Sun Microsystems.
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Hehe, I love predictions!
by Moochman on Fri 4th Dec 2009 20:35 UTC
Moochman
Member since:
2005-07-06

My list of predictions for next December (compared to now):

Losers:
-Cable TV providers
-AT&T (Sprint too but I doubt it will get worse than it already is)
-LG phones (due to lack of focus on smartphones)
-Windows Mobile
-Internet Explorer

Winners:
-Internet TV and music providers
-Verizon (at the expense of AT&T)
-Smartphones in general (at the expense of "feature phones")
-Nokia (buoyed by new smartphones and new uptake in the US)
-Android
-Chrome (the browser, not the OS)
-Firefox
-Tablet-style devices (imitating Apple's iTablet, of course)
-Bluray (because it'll finally be cheap enough for everyone)

Remember, this is all *relative to today*, not saying any of these companies/products will die/take over the world.

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RE: Hehe, I love predictions!
by MamiyaOtaru on Sat 5th Dec 2009 23:29 in reply to "Hehe, I love predictions!"
MamiyaOtaru Member since:
2005-11-11

My list of predictions for next December (compared to now):

Losers:
-Cable TV providers

Given that cable TV providers are also often broadband providers I don't see them being too hurt.

-LG phones (due to lack of focus on smartphones)

I think people overestimate the impact of smartphones (though I could severely underestimate it). I don't want a phone that does everything. I want one that is a phone (and maybe an mp3 player) and that doesn't cost me triple digits. I'm banking my doubts on me not being the only one, but again, I could well be wrong on that

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benjamin_m Member since:
2009-06-05

But it's mainly that Cable providers cannot charge as many extras to internet. They become utility providers as opposed to content providers. The loss of their monopoly on watching content will hurt them.

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RE: Hehe, I love predictions!
by rockwell on Mon 7th Dec 2009 17:01 in reply to "Hehe, I love predictions!"
rockwell Member since:
2005-09-13

//(Sprint too but I doubt it will get worse than it already is)//

I keep hearing this, but I've been a Sprint customer for two years here in the midwestern USA states, and have never had any problems.

Am I missing something? Should I bail in March 2010, when my contract expires with Sprint?

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Moochman Member since:
2005-07-06

I actually don't have any authority to pretend to know what I'm talking about, since I haven't even lived int the U.S. for the past three years.

From what I have read online about Sprint, though, their customer service stinks and their corporate management is a mess. But AT&T customer satisfaction is actually much lower, the lowest of all the carriers (according to a new Consumer Reports... report). So I guess if you're happy with Sprint there's no real reason to switch.

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