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Canonical to demonstrate Ubuntu on phones

Canonical to demonstrate Ubuntu on phones

Posted Jan 3, 2013 9:35 UTC (Thu) by khim (subscriber, #9252)
In reply to: Canonical to demonstrate Ubuntu on phones by dlang
Parent article: Canonical to demonstrate Ubuntu on phones

The whole thing works only because prices for mobile connection in US are exorbitant to begin with. My monthly mobile phone bill was under $10/month for years. Now I've gotten smartphone and with "unlimited" Internet (which is severely limited if I go beyong 1GB/month, of course) I pay $25/month (for voice and data: $10 for voice and $15 for "unlimited" data).

It's not possible to hide phone subsidies with prices like that. That's why most of the world pay for the phone upfront while in US (and some other countries) people pay 3-4 times more and think they use "free phone".

Sadly most affluent buyers are gated by carriers thus carriers still can control the future of mobile handsets. Only middle-range phones are created for carrier-uncontrolled world (think Dual-SIM phones).


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Canonical to demonstrate Ubuntu on phones

Posted Jan 3, 2013 16:27 UTC (Thu) by shmerl (guest, #65921) [Link]

N9 is high end, and is carrier uncontrolled. Same story would be with Jolla handset for sure.

Canonical to demonstrate Ubuntu on phones

Posted Jan 5, 2013 14:50 UTC (Sat) by khim (subscriber, #9252) [Link]

N9 is high end, and is carrier uncontrolled.

N9 is the exception that proves the rule: it was designed by a company with excellent relationship with non-US carriers but at the time when it was actually presented these relationships deteriorated.

That happens (see Palm, RIM, etc), you are correct. I admit my mistake: I only think about somewhat sustainable trends, when some company finds the seed money do develop something only to fail in marketplace these rules don't apply, obviously.

Same story would be with Jolla handset for sure.

If I understand correctly Jolla works with Chinese carriers. We'll see how much what it does will be influenced by them.


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