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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Same thing in Finland
by sj87 on Sat 18th Aug 2012 10:50 UTC
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2007-12-16

A couple years back I got a Nokia C5-00 phone for 3 €/mo with a two-year contract. That means the phone will cost me 72 euros in total, while the retail price at the time was twice that. I think the fee for the telephone line is 1 €/mo, which means the total price for the deal will be about 100 euros. That doesn't include any texting nor talk time, though, but I was granted a free 512 kbps 3G internet connection because I have a wired broadband connection from the same company.

Currently the operators are introducing schemes in which the customer would pay 50-75 % of the retail price beforehand. They do still offer the low-priced options aswell, though the prices have gone up maybe about 30 % during the two years of time.

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