Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Apr 2012 17:19 UTC
Windows I wish more people who work or have worked for large technology companies were as open, honest, and excited as Steve Wozniak still gets over new technology and gadgets. He recently bought a Nokia Lumia 900 - and he's loving it. So much so, in fact, that he claims it's better than Android and iOS in many respects.
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RE[6]: Comment by Radio
by tomcat on Tue 1st May 2012 00:27 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Radio"
tomcat
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2006-01-06

And my rant was driving the point that WP7 is not competition. Microsoft and Apple are the same thing in a different package. If I don't like Apple's offering or politics, what use is it for me to go to a Microsoft who does the exact same thing? There is no true competition.


Look, you may not like the fact that modern smartphones are primarily locked-down, but that's a side issue that has little to do with competition. When you have more than one competitor in a market, it forces them to improve their products year after year, rather than sitting on their laurels and pumping out crap. That is unquestionably happening in the smartphone market. Phones are getting better, more powerful, more capable. Try to imagine a world where there was only Apple. I have no doubt that Apple would strive to produce better phones, but the real question is ... how much would they improve? Answer: Maybe not enough -- and perhaps only enough to maximize profitability. That isn't competition. We should be encouraging more competitors to enter the market, not tear them down and wish failure on them.

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RE[7]: Comment by Radio
by Radio on Tue 1st May 2012 15:15 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Radio"
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2009-06-20

When you have more than one competitor in a market, it forces them to improve their products year after year
Nope, not even close. In France, in Switzerland, there are three phone carriers, and prices are high while services are low. With so few players, competition deosn't work and price-fixing can be set, even implicitely. And that is just one easy example. You need more than "more than one" : you need four, five, more non-ridiculously-small players.

Phones are getting better, more powerful, more capable.

And this is absolutely not an argument in favor of Microsoft's WP7 and its tight, restrictive control of the hardware platforms allowed.

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RE[8]: Comment by Radio
by tomcat on Tue 1st May 2012 21:28 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by Radio"
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2006-01-06

Nope, not even close. In France, in Switzerland, there are three phone carriers, and prices are high while services are low. With so few players, competition deosn't work and price-fixing can be set, even implicitely. And that is just one easy example. You need more than "more than one" : you need four, five, more non-ridiculously-small players.


Nice change of subject. We were talking about phones. Now, you want to change the subject to carriers. And, now you've completely ignored free markets and are describing price-fixing, which is illegal and counter to the kind of market forces that I'm talking about.

And this is absolutely not an argument in favor of Microsoft's WP7 and its tight, restrictive control of the hardware platforms allowed.


Yes, it is. More phones means more choice. Nobody is forcing you to buy WP7 or Android or iPhone. Don't like it? Buy an unlocked phone, or jailbreak yours, and stop whining.

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