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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Comment by caminoix
by caminoix on Sun 19th Aug 2012 12:22 UTC
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2012-08-19

In Poland, subsidies have been heavy and popular for as long as I can remember, and this doesn't seem to be changing. I haven't paid more than 1 PLN (≈ €0.25) for a (smart)phone for years. Smartphones haven't been very popular until recently and still aren't with the middle generation (40–50 year olds). The leading manufacturer is Samsung. I'm not sure about the lower places, but my impression is that HTC is quite strong, perhaps on par with Nokia. The former sells smartphones to young people, the latter its classics to the elders. iPhones are rare, perhaps just a little more popular than virtually non-existent Lumias.

Edited 2012-08-19 12:23 UTC

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RE: Comment by caminoix
by zima on Fri 24th Aug 2012 22:44 in reply to "Comment by caminoix"
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In Poland, subsidies have been heavy and popular for as long as I can remember, and this doesn't seem to be changing.

That's not strictly true, not so simple. There's also a huge group of people, mostly young ones & among the first to adopt a new tech like smartphones, who use prepaid or inexpensive plans - hence they obviously buy upfront & own their phones.

Deals with the devil and "free" phones seem to me to largely be the stronghold of the middle generation that you mention, who basically don't know any better and/or are gullible to what the salesman pushes on them.

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