Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 24th Dec 2011 13:00 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Earlier today, Samsung revealed that it won't update the Galaxy S, its most successful smartphone to date, to the latest version of Android. You might shrug and dismiss that as just more evidence of Android's inherent fragmentation or the need for buyers to beware, but I take grave issue with it. This is a decision based not on technical constraints, as Samsung would have you believe, but on hubris." This. A gazillion million thousand times this. Also: "It's simple: make a large high-end device, a smaller value device, and a QWERTY device. Maybe one or two other specialty form factors, tops. That's it. Update them once a year, and keep the names the same." It would make updating a hell of a lot easier. We don't need the Samsung Galaxy SII Epic 4G Touch Sensation.
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RE: Regulate carrier behavior
by Brendan on Sat 24th Dec 2011 15:43 UTC in reply to "Regulate carrier behavior"
Brendan
Member since:
2005-11-16

Hi,

The real culprit here is, me thinks, the carriers


I think the culprit is consumers. Any moron willing to bend over backwards to spend several hundred $$ on a disposable plastic box deserves to be taken advantage of while they're bending over.

- Brendan

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Yes, because you surely don't have hobby or a guilty pleasure you spend more money on than a normal person would do.

I hope you can hear me way up that high horse of yours.

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RE[2]: Regulate carrier behavior
by saso on Sat 24th Dec 2011 16:38 in reply to "RE: Regulate carrier behavior"
saso Member since:
2007-04-18

I think the culprit is consumers. Any moron willing to bend over backwards to spend several hundred $$ on a disposable plastic box deserves to be taken advantage of while they're bending over.

Can you please substantiate your claim that the blame lies with consumers, rather than large multi-national carrier corporations, with anything more than (imho) ad-hominem attacks on a potentially large and diverse group of people?
Also, I disagree with your implied labeling of modern smartphones as a "disposable plastic box". They've become powerful portable general-purpose computers in an appealing form-factor. Surely you too must see the potential benefits brings to consumers, and thus understand the resulting desire for them on the market.

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WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Can you please substantiate your claim that the blame lies with consumers, rather than large multi-national carrier corporations, with anything more than (imho) ad-hominem attacks on a potentially large and diverse group of people?


Do large multi-national carrier corporations point a gun to peoples' heads and force them to buy their phones? No? Then why is it anyone else's fault but the consumer? That's the problem these days... it's easier to blame government and large corporations for all of your bad decisions, instead of taking some f**king responsibility for your actions. Don't want to pay hundreds of dollars for an overpriced phone plan? Then don't buy one. The shit ain't air... you don't have to have it.

Note: Don't misunderstand me... I have a smartphone too, but I also get a lot of use out of it beyond mere entertainment, so for me, it is worth the price I pay for it.

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RE[2]: Regulate carrier behavior
by David on Sat 24th Dec 2011 18:31 in reply to "RE: Regulate carrier behavior"
David Member since:
1997-10-01

Re: "plastic boxes,"
That's some good trolling there, sir. Sure come to a forum for computing enthusiasts and belittle the pinnacle of modern consumer computing tech.

Now that you've succeeded in getting people riled up, why don't you head on over to gardening forums and tell people that it's easier to just buy your vegetables from the grocery store.

Oh, and head on over to mountaineering forums and remind people that there's nothing at the tops of mountains but rocks, so why bother?

What, you say? Because it would just make you look like an idiot with too much time on his hands? Exactly.

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RE[2]: Regulate carrier behavior
by kaiwai on Mon 26th Dec 2011 01:09 in reply to "RE: Regulate carrier behavior"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I think the culprit is consumers. Any moron willing to bend over backwards to spend several hundred $$ on a disposable plastic box deserves to be taken advantage of while they're bending over.


Spending money isn't the problem - idiots who buy their phones on contract and only realise after the contract has finished how much they've been shafted, they're the real problem. In all due respect, this is an 'only in America' moment where the dumb public spend $199 for a phone and pay for that phone ten times over by being bound into a contract because they think they're getting a 'great deal' based on a low entry price.

Edited 2011-12-26 01:10 UTC

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