Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st Oct 2013 22:33 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems

The French Minitel never ceases to amaze me.

In 1984 the government allowed developers to create services for the Minitel. The government took a 30% cut and passed the rest on to developers (sound familiar?) creating the world's first app store. From a user's perspective using apps on the Minitel was frictionless - you were just billed for what you used through your phone bill.

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How big was this app store? In the nineties it was pulling in over a billion USD a year! This is an astronomical sum when you consider France's population size. Though the crossover point is near, the Minitel in its lifetime paid out more to developers than Apple has to iOS developers to date. Companies would advertise their apps in the subway, on highway billboards, and on television.

Amazing. This could very well be the first application store, something many people think is a new phenomenon invented by Apple.

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RE[5]: Success
by SeeM on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 07:50 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Success"
SeeM
Member since:
2011-09-10

You mean like the Nokia 7710, just to cite one example?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nokia_7710


Iphone wasn't first smartphone that worked. It was first smartphone that was simply used by people. I have Palm Centro somewhere in the shelves. Nice Phone, lot of apps, including games, spreadheets, ebook readers, lauchers, etc... And, just like Windows Mobile and Symbian, it felt like the Amiga of smartphones. It worked and it worked well, but required you to know how to handle RAM usage by apps, repair reset loops, clearing sys directories after uninstalling unwanted aplications and synchronize trough some non-intuitive desktop apps (especially on Linux). Remember all kickstart upgrades, huge disk controllers or additional ram on the left side of A500, or constant incompatibilities both in software and hardware? That's somewhat like smartphones before Apple did iphone.

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RE[6]: Success
by Soulbender on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 08:49 in reply to "RE[5]: Success"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Iphone wasn't first smartphone that worked. It was first smartphone that was simply used by people.


Err no. BlackBerry smartphones (such as the Pearl) predates iPhone and was easy enough to use for anyone. Apple's brand-recognition and marketing targeted at Joe User was what brought the iPhone mainstream success.

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RE[7]: Success
by SeeM on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 09:35 in reply to "RE[6]: Success"
SeeM Member since:
2011-09-10

"Iphone wasn't first smartphone that worked. It was first smartphone that was simply used by people.


Err no. BlackBerry smartphones (such as the Pearl) predates iPhone and was easy enough to use for anyone. Apple's brand-recognition and marketing targeted at Joe User was what brought the iPhone mainstream success.
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Anyone in UK you mean? Carriers essentially killed BB for me. Well, prizes of software, too.

You're right about marketing, it was one of the reasons for success. Apple did convince Joe: yes, you need smartphone and yes, you can handle it, because it's not a Pocket PC anymore.

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RE[7]: Success
by WorknMan on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 20:45 in reply to "RE[6]: Success"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Err no. BlackBerry smartphones (such as the Pearl) predates iPhone and was easy enough to use for anyone.


Right, that's why practically all modern smartphones are modeled after Blackberries.

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RE[7]: Success
by mkone on Tue 22nd Oct 2013 23:58 in reply to "RE[6]: Success"
mkone Member since:
2006-03-14

"Iphone wasn't first smartphone that worked. It was first smartphone that was simply used by people.


Err no. BlackBerry smartphones (such as the Pearl) predates iPhone and was easy enough to use for anyone. Apple's brand-recognition and marketing targeted at Joe User was what brought the iPhone mainstream success.
"

Blackberries were rubbish. I know because up until last week I had one. I got a BB at work just over two years ago. A Blackberry curve 9300 series I think it was - 3G and all.

The browser on it was rubbish, it would run out of memory and crash. The mail client was rubbish. The dialler was rubbish. Everything was rubbish.

Yes, I could use it because I am not stupid. But I hated it, and as soon as I could get rid of it, I did and got an iPhone instead.

Yes, people used Blackberries before iPhone came along, but people left their Blackberries because iPhone (and Android phones) were so much better. It's only this year that Blackberry came out with a decent set of smartphones, 6 whole years after the first iPhone. Such incompetence is almost criminal.

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