Linked by robojerk on Thu 30th Dec 2010 00:09 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I have often wondered why there wasn't a flood of Android portable media players - now the WSJ Reports: "With the move, Samsung will round out a series of Galaxy-named gadgets that matches product for product with Apple Inc.'s line of iPods, iPad and iPhone. Samsung will have the Galaxy Player, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy smartphone. All use a variation of Google Inc.'s Android operating system and work with apps developed for it."
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RE: Good move
by kaiwai on Thu 30th Dec 2010 01:05 UTC in reply to "Good move"
kaiwai
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2005-07-06

I think the ipod touch is a big part of the iphone's success. It allows consumers to try the platform without signing a 2 year contract.

Hopefully it won't be a piece of crap like the galaxy tab.


Who said you had to purchase an iPhone with a 2 year contract? there is the option, if you want, to buy the phone out right without a contract. Sure, it'll set you back probably NZ$800-NZ$1000 but the option is right there for you to take advantage of.

I always purchase all my phones outright because the last thing I want to be beholden to is a carrier who has me by the short 'n curlies then demand a massive payment simply to get out of the contract.

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RE[2]: Good move
by OSGuy on Thu 30th Dec 2010 03:39 in reply to "RE: Good move"
OSGuy Member since:
2006-01-01

I always purchase all my phones outright because the last thing I want to be beholden to is a carrier who has me by the short 'n curlies then demand a massive payment simply to get out of the contract.

Well, the way I see it, we are primarily paying off the cost of the actual phone when you cancel the contract and may be a little bit extra for the actual contract and processing fees etc. Either way, I have never been on a phone contract and have no intention to get into one either. I always buy my phones outright. Nearly everyone complains *after* they sign up.

Edited 2010-12-30 03:41 UTC

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RE[3]: Good move
by kaiwai on Thu 30th Dec 2010 06:23 in reply to "RE[2]: Good move"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I always purchase all my phones outright because the last thing I want to be beholden to is a carrier who has me by the short 'n curlies then demand a massive payment simply to get out of the contract.

Well, the way I see it, we are primarily paying off the cost of the actual phone when you cancel the contract and may be a little bit extra for the actual contract and processing fees etc. Either way, I have never been on a phone contract and have no intention to get into one either. I always buy my phones outright. Nearly everyone complains *after* they sign up.


The amount they charge effectively you're better off getting a personal loan through a finance company on an interest free or low interest deal, purchasing it out right then playing the carriers off against each other. In the case of NZ where I live if I had an iPhone I can use it on XT Network, 2 Degrees or Vodafone - and now there is number portability it makes life even easier. The 'leave fee' covers the subsidy but if one is simply purchasing a phone on contract simply to get the cheaper 'up front cost' but you really don't need a contract that extensive then you're no better off given you're going to under utilise the contract you've signed up for.

Edited 2010-12-30 06:24 UTC

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RE[2]: Good move
by nt_jerkface on Thu 30th Dec 2010 05:20 in reply to "RE: Good move"
nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

They aren't selling them in stores which is what matters.

People can ask for a touch for Christmas and then later get an iphone. The touch is also popular with teens and kids as a gaming device. Samsung is making a good move here.

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RE[3]: Good move
by kaiwai on Thu 30th Dec 2010 06:18 in reply to "RE[2]: Good move"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

They aren't selling them in stores which is what matters.

People can ask for a touch for Christmas and then later get an iphone. The touch is also popular with teens and kids as a gaming device. Samsung is making a good move here.


I don't know about the US where everything seems to be 30 years behind New Zealand but I can buy it straight from Apple online, Magnummac, Noel Leeming, Bond & Bond, JB Hi-Fi, Dick Smiths and, Vodafone online store and 'bricks and mortar' shop all full price and without a contract. I can then take that phone and run it on XT Network, Vodafone or 2 Degrees if I so wish. Maybe the complaint should be about the antiquated way in which the US mobile phone market operates instead of using the US as the 'example' or 'litmus test' as to how the rest of the world operates.

Edit: I hope my post didn't come off as overly aggressive but one has to take into account the US experience cannot be replicated globally.

Edit 2: I'm surprised you're singing the praise of it given that apparently the 'Galaxy Tab has turned me off of tablets':

http://www.binplay.com/2010/12/galaxy-tab-has-turned-me-off-of-tabl...

Edited 2010-12-30 06:25 UTC

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