Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Feb 2013 22:42 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones "Firefox OS could actually be wildly successful, no matter how underwhelming the actual phones may be. And that's because - at least for now - you're not the customer; your carrier is." I'm extremely disappointed by Firefox OS so far. There's nothing wrong with the low-end hardware we've seen during MWC, but there is something wrong with low-end hardware that can't even properly run its operating system. To make matters worse, carriers are the boss here. Terrible first impression.
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RE: What else is new?
by WereCatf on Thu 28th Feb 2013 09:18 UTC in reply to "What else is new?"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

People tend to have this utopia idea that carriers can be circumvented, but as long as they have anything to say that is very hard thing to do.

Only on countries were people tend to prefer pre-pay to contracts this is somehow possible, but people need to be able to buy the handsets, which tend to be quite expensive nowadays.

So if the choice is between a carrier specific firmware or very expensive standard firmware, many people will pick the carrier one.


Don't assume that your experiences cover even most of the world. Here in Finland, for example, carriers generally sell their phones completely unlocked even if you sign for a 2-year contract, you are also given the possibility of just buying the phone outright and going for a pay-as-you-go contract if you so choose, and I'm not aware of any operator bothering to make custom firmwares.

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RE[2]: What else is new?
by moondevil on Thu 28th Feb 2013 09:34 in reply to "RE: What else is new?"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Don't assume that your experiences cover even most of the world.


My experience around the world is based on my former employer right there in Espoo at Karaportti campus, from 2004 to 2008.

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RE[3]: What else is new?
by WereCatf on Thu 28th Feb 2013 09:54 in reply to "RE[2]: What else is new?"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

"Don't assume that your experiences cover even most of the world.


My experience around the world is based on my former employer right there in Espoo at Karaportti campus, from 2004 to 2008.
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I just have to wonder how you've gotten such experience, then, because what I just said in my previous comment hasn't changed in almost a decade now. TeliaSonera is the biggest, the most-Americanized carrier here and even they sell phones unlocked, with or without a contract of your own choosing.

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