I believe you should read your own links before posting them. From your article (which I've seen before):
In many countries the phones are sold with subsidies, tied to two-year contracts. (Some readers will be surprised to find this is not the case for the majority of the world, where people pay full retail price for their handsets - ie 600 dollars for the iPhone - upfront, but then are not locked to two-year contracts and get far cheaper phone services obviously).It is that "majority of the world" where Nokia dominated till recently and still sells quite respectably. It is because of the quality of their hardware. You got battery life of several days, sunlight-readable screens, and you could drop it from the first floor and it would still work. (First floor = floor above ground floor)
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