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[7]: Comment by Radio
by Radio on Tue 1st May 2012 15:15 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by Radio"
Radio
Member since:
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"
tomcat Member since:
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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RE[9]: Comment by Radio
by Radio on Wed 2nd May 2012 08:28 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by Radio"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

It was not a change of subject, it was an illustration, a prime example, as you seemed to believe that as long as you have more than one player, there is competition - wroooong. I do describe free market mechanics: price-fixing is the inevitable consequence of an oligopoly. Go back to studying economics, real economics of the real world, instead of believing things are as simple as liberals make it. Go read Adam Smith, for example.

More phones means more choice.
What I am telling you is that Microsoft's strategy is to have LESS phones.

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