Mozilla announces 18 carriers supporting Firefox OS
Posted Feb 25, 2013 20:31 UTC (Mon) by khim
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For a period after that it continued because the operators had set things up so that you couldn't get competitive prices without buying the telephone and the service together at the same time (from the same greasy salesperson who gets a cut).
Over 90% of buyers still buy mobile phone from the same greasy salesperson who gets a cut. Sure by now it's not just carriers shops, but also independent ones (like Apple Shops, for example), but without carriers these shops will not be able to offer you phone with a SIM card and this will exclude majority of buyers.
Now, it's true that you don't need all the carriers on board but you need at least some and, more importantly, you don't need carriers which will actively block sales of your phone (as happens with Windows Phone after Microsoft's Skype buyout).
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