Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Jul 2012 00:04 UTC
In the News A fascinating difference in smartphone buying behaviour got highlighted today. In the US, Apple has double the market share of its nearest competitor, Samsung. However, in The Netherlands, the swamp I call home, the situation is completely reversed; Apple sits at 10% of the smartphone market, Samsung at 19.6%. Is this indicative of Europe as a whole? Could German, French, Polish, British, Spanish, Italian, etc. readers give local information from their own countries? I'm intrigued.
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by spiderman on Sat 14th Jul 2012 07:51 UTC
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France was behind the rest of the world just last year but the new carrier ( turn the market upside down. We now have the most competitive market in Europe. Carriers no longer subsidize the phones with a contract. People pay the full price of the phones and the contracts start at €2/month for 2 hours up to €19.9/month for unlimited everything. As a result, people buy cheaper phones. I see more and more dumb phones here. The mind set is that yeah we like fart apps and it's fun to play angry birds but is that worth €500? Here you can have a very good laptop for €500 and play very sophisticated games on it.

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by Anonymous Penguin on Sat 14th Jul 2012 20:46 in reply to "France"
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contracts start at €2/month for 2 hours up to €19.9/month for unlimited everything.

Wow, I must move to France ;)
Here in Italy the cheapest flat rate I could find is €34/month.

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RE[2]: France
by spiderman on Sun 15th Jul 2012 14:32 in reply to "RE: France"
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And that would have been cheap in France just 6 month ago. Really, the contracts started at €30 up to €150/month before the new carrier break their business model. This is a very recent development.

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