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,'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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RE: Why
by zima on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:58 UTC in reply to "Why"
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If customers buy there own phones they use substantially less data,minutes and texts [...] Moving to something like the prepay model will substantially drop the total phone expenses for the average American as they cut back on their usage.

You know, being more frugal is really not a bad thing...

Increasing subsidies and phone quality makes sense. The carriers via huge subsidies were able move 40% of Americans from dumb phones to smart phones (with $30 / mo or more data costs). That during bad economic times. Why would they want to move away from this model?

Conversely, it's not necessarily a good thing when people are more profligate... (also, higher prices don't have to mean better quality especially in the realm of electronic toys) Well, sure, advantageous to profiteers, but so what? (and kinda like "the first one is free")
Plus it's... scary & sad how you manage to gloat about it in the context of "bad economic times" - which, ultimately, are a reflection of a whole major country of people with staggering rates of living on a credit (and in more than just financial form, also this insanity for example)

Edited 2012-08-25 00:09 UTC

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