Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 19th Aug 2014 20:24 UTC
Windows

As expected, HTC has just announced a new smartphone with Windows Phone called the HTC One M8 for Windows. The new device is the same as the HTC One M8 with Android, albeit it comes with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 preinstalled.

Sounds great, especially since it may be possible to dual boot or switch operating systems once the XDA crowd gets its hands on this thing. But then...

The HTC One M8 for Windows is an exclusive device for U.S. carrier Verizon.

Yeah. Good luck, with that.

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RE: "Very Few People"
by Nelson on Tue 19th Aug 2014 22:06 UTC in reply to ""Very Few People""
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People seem to forget just how large of a domestic market the U.S. is. That, and the relatively friendly business environment makes the US a prime market for Microsoft.

Just due to the logistics of product launches, it makes sense to launch in ones own market.

We don't really hear much crap about Jolla only selling phones in Finland, Khazakstan, and some other hilariously small markets on OSNews though ;)

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RE[2]: "Very Few People"
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 20th Aug 2014 09:19 in reply to "RE: "Very Few People""
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2005-06-29

We don't really hear much crap about Jolla only selling phones in Finland, Khazakstan, and some other hilariously small markets on OSNews though ;)


That's because Jolla doesn't need big numbers. Windows Phone does.

Also, Jolla sells in India and China now.

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RE[3]: "Very Few People"
by Nelson on Wed 20th Aug 2014 11:47 in reply to "RE[2]: "Very Few People""
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2005-11-29

"now" meaning essentially "just now" for Jolla.

The point is, they (due to resource constraints) did a staggered global roll out just like HTC is doing, but mums the word on even a syllable of criticism or snark towards them, from you.

It isn't like HTC has no intention of going global, it'll likely make it's way over to Europe and Asia in due time. Just like the Lumia Icon did.

At least for Nokia, the staggered roll out was deliberate and preferred due to the allocation of resources and return on that investment. They tried with the Lumia 800 to do a global roll out and a funny thing happened:

The phones weren't pushed as aggressively, or marketed as much by the carriers/store fronts because there was no deeper partnership.

Carriers like VZW love exclusives and will return in kind with marketing dollars, which is what HTC needs right now.

Edited 2014-08-20 11:49 UTC

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RE[2]: "Very Few People"
by BallmerKnowsBest on Wed 20th Aug 2014 14:26 in reply to "RE: "Very Few People""
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People seem to forget just how large of a domestic market the U.S. is. That, and the relatively friendly business environment makes the US a prime market for Microsoft.

Just due to the logistics of product launches, it makes sense to launch in ones own market.


It probably also doesn't hurt that the ENTIRETY of North America has a grand total of 3 official languages that software needs to be localized in - while the EU has close to 10 times that, despite North America being about 5 times larger geographically and having a slightly larger population than the EU. If you're faced with the choice of supporting one or the other, only a complete moron would focus on the market that's not only smaller, but which ALSO requires 10 times more localization work.

Of course, actual reality is terribly inconvenient to people who just have a raging hard-on to latch onto any excuse to whine about the US.

We don't really hear much crap about Jolla only selling phones in Finland, Khazakstan, and some other hilariously small markets on OSNews though ;)


Actually, in the comments for those articles, there's been a number of people indulging in childish gloating about the fact that Jolla devices aren't available in the US - and even expressing their hope that they're never made available. Because knee-jerk nationalist spite is a TOTALLY valid reason to hope that people are denied access to a piece of technology.

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RE[3]: "Very Few People"
by Dano on Wed 20th Aug 2014 14:56 in reply to "RE[2]: "Very Few People""
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2006-01-22

I have a feeling that the Jolla Sailfish environment is too far different for the average iPhone/WP/Android user to convert to. It has some weird swiping paradigm or something doesn't it? It's just a small project that will never show up in American carrier's show rooms, as they would have to support yet another OS.

Edited 2014-08-20 15:03 UTC

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