Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Aug 2012 22:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I always see The Netherlands - my home country - as a small, easily graspable version of other, larger and more important western countries and even the west as a whole. In light of this, Tweakers.net's Arnoud Wokke points to a very interesting report about the Dutch telecommunications market. This reports notes a trend that, if present in the rest of the world, could have serious effects for phone makers.
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Hurray for SIM!
by Veto on Sat 18th Aug 2012 10:48 UTC
Veto
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2010-11-13

In Denmark it has for several years been normal to buy phones without subscription. Especially since the period of subscriber lock-in was reduced to a maximum of 6 months. This made it difficult for the carriers to charge a subscription premium, as people will then switch to a cheaper SIM-only subscription after the 6 months. All this creates a more healthy market with more choice for us consumers.

Anyway all this is only possible because the GSM people mandated the use of the SIM card back then, making it possible to switch your phone between carriers. It is a wonder the SIM card still lives on!

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RE: Hurray for SIM!
by zima on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:59 in reply to "Hurray for SIM!"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

the period of subscriber lock-in was reduced to a maximum of 6 months [...]
Anyway all this is only possible because the GSM people mandated the use of the SIM card back then

Those damn Euro-commies...

Edited 2012-08-25 00:01 UTC

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