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[3]: "Very Few People"
by Nelson on Wed 20th Aug 2014 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: "Very Few People""
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"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[4]: "Very Few People"
by Morgan on Wed 20th Aug 2014 12:37 in reply to "RE[3]: "Very Few People""
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2005-06-29

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


I think this is very true, and one of the reasons the smaller US carriers (T-Mobile and Sprint) can't always get the best devices at launch. Sprint in particular seems to have to fight to get anything really good, though I can't complain since they are finally getting some love from Nokia. The last Nokia phone on Sprint was a Series 30 basic phone, from what I recall, which was years before Windows Phone was even in the planning stages.

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RE[4]: "Very Few People"
by Thom_Holwerda on Wed 20th Aug 2014 16:32 in reply to "RE[3]: "Very Few People""
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Market cap HTC: 107.57B.
Market cap Jolla: three beer and a dead cow.

Comparing those two is stupid.

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RE[5]: "Very Few People"
by Nelson on Wed 20th Aug 2014 16:40 in reply to "RE[4]: "Very Few People""
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Market cap HTC: 107.57B.
Market cap Jolla: three beer and a dead cow.

Comparing those two is stupid.


And I'm sure, relatively, the product launches were of higher scale to reflect that. For example, I expect HTC to spend more on launching on one carrier in the US than Jolla has spent cumulatively on all of their efforts.

What does it matter though? At the end of the day we're talking about the same principles, and it is even more striking in Jolla's case (because they have less resources):

The fact of the matter is that roll outs are expensive, big or small. So companies stagger them and target the most lucrative markets first (for reasons I outlined in my original comment)

Why you're being dense on purpose is beyond me, this isn't that difficult to understand. Do you only feign concern when it relates to Windows Phone?

Edited 2014-08-20 16:42 UTC

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