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[2]: Deliberate Distortion?
by zima on Fri 24th Aug 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Deliberate Distortion?"
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Another major factor of course, is what I alluded to in my opening line: Image means a lot to the younger crowd here. Having an iPhone that does half the things a cheaper Android or even WP7 phone does is nothing compared to the status symbol that the great Apple devices provide. Teens and twentysomethings can be quite vocal in their contempt for what they consider a "loser's phone" or "geek's phone". Combine that with the prevalence of Apple products in general among the music and movie industry icons, and you have a bona fide Cult of Apple situation.

Funny how's that from a place which supposedly prides itself on consumer choices...
(but then, it also doesn't seem to notice a paradox of cherishing choices ...while limiting its political debate to two-sides popularity contest & false dichotomies, discouraging thorough debates)

Anyway, don't those "teens and twentysomethings" realise what kind of image they really project?
(BTW, I was a kind of Apple supporter and promoter for some time ...but I stopped when, during the last few years, large part of Apple crowd lost any dignity - I guess due to suddenly them being "into" an actually successful company; I just don't want to be associated with that kind of people)

Edited 2012-08-25 00:18 UTC

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