Linked by kristoph on Sun 6th Jun 2010 10:58 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless A number of recent reports provide a new picture of the current smart phone market landscape and the trends likely to impact that landscape over the coming year. The latest US market share report by Nielsen shows both the iPhone OS and Android growing at the expense of Windows Mobile and the Blackberry OS.
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RE[2]: Wait for MS
by MobyTurbo on Sun 6th Jun 2010 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Wait for MS"
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It is a pity that the rest of the world is not represented in these Figures.
I'll bet that the patterns would be different.

The Mobile phone market is very different in Europe. Multiple carriers exist in virtually every country. Most smartphones are available on at least two carriers.
I sometimes feel a bit sorry for users where devices like the iPhone are only available on one network. By all accounts AT&T is pretty awful.Thankfully, I have at least three different physical networks to choose from.

Most of these aren't like the iPhone, available only on one carrier in the US. Blackberries, mentioned in the article, get released on virtually every major and even some of the prepaid carriers. Android is on all of the major carriers (though AT&T's offering is weak and crippled). Palm had a six month exclusivity on Sprint, then came out with better WebOS handsets on two other major US carriers. Only AT&T enjoys a 5 year+ exclusive relationship with Apple in the US, the typical exclusivity ends after 6 months or so, for Blackberries, Android after the "beta" G1, and so on.

Oh, by the way, I have four major physical networks and several others to chose from here in NYC, though with contractual agreements on the major carriers, excepting their prepaid offshoots, you can only switch carriers every two years so it might as well be a monopoly.

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RE[3]: Wait for MS
by JAlexoid on Sun 6th Jun 2010 22:19 in reply to "RE[2]: Wait for MS"
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Apple actually does exclusivity deals in Europe also. There are a number of countries in Europe where iPhone is only on one network and cannot be bought freely.

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RE[4]: Wait for MS
by danieldk on Mon 7th Jun 2010 08:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Wait for MS"
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Yes. And the service is usually as bad. I am in The Netherlands, and have an iPhone with T-Mobile as the exclusive carrier. Their coverage sucks, and even if you have good coverage, Phone calls are dropped all the time, and 3G Internet is worthless.

One foundation is starting an equivalent of a class-action lawsuit against T-Mobile to get refunded for bad service. Meanwhile, T-Mobile is offering two months of free service if you can give a very specific description of network problems (place and time), although they do not provide such a compensation for coverage problems (only if you have good coverage, but still experience dropped calls, etc.).

My next phone will definitely not be a iPhone if the exclusivity continues to exist.

Edited 2010-06-07 08:00 UTC

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