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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Maturing Tech
by demosthenese on Sat 18th Aug 2012 17:00 UTC
demosthenese
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2011-02-01

With each generation of phone, there are fewer and fewer compelling reasons to upgrade the hardware. I plan on keeping my current phone (Sony xperia arc) and switching to a cheaper sim only plan for my next contract. I'm sure others doing the same is one reason for more people going sim only.

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RE: Maturing Tech
by brostenen on Sun 19th Aug 2012 20:38 in reply to "Maturing Tech"
brostenen Member since:
2007-01-16

I guess, it's somewhat like with laptops and desktops.
The hardware is now that fast. You have no reason to upgrade all the time. Because the phone will run the software just fine.

You upgrade the features, no need to buy a phone, were the manufactor (nokia/sony/samsung/etc.) give the new phone/line some extra feature and such.

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RE[2]: Maturing Tech
by jeffb on Sun 19th Aug 2012 22:49 in reply to "RE: Maturing Tech"
jeffb Member since:
2005-07-19

First off phones are getting better very quickly. But even if they weren't, the life of the average smartphone is 11.5 months. Without replacement via. warranty, upgrades... you would lose a huge chunk of the market.

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