[PLUG-TALK] Android, Chapter 2, Happy, Happy

wes plug at the-wes.com
Thu Mar 17 16:55:49 PDT 2011


but WHY do they use different spectrums? WHY is each phone not capable of
connecting to both, or a wider range?

this is the implementation of the lock-in.

-wes

On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM, Alex Young <alexander.young at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 9:50 AM, Russell Johnson <russ at dimstar.net> wrote:
>
>>
>> On Mar 17, 2011, at 9:28 AM, Denis Heidtmann wrote:
>>
>> On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 9:50 PM, Russell Johnson <russ at dimstar.net>wrote:
>>
>>> You do realize the reason for this, do you not?
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> _______________________________________________
>>>
>>
>> Let me guess.  Because they can.
>>
>>
>> No. It's because they heavily subsidize the cost of the phone, and lock in
>> assures that most of the people they buy phones for will remain on their
>> network long enough for them to recoup their costs.
>>
>> My iPhone, for instance, cost me $149. A similarly sized iPod Touch is
>> $299. Leaving out the fact that the iPhone has more capability than the
>> iPod, at half price, AT&T paid for part of the phone. Yes, I paid for part
>> as well, but the fact remains that they did subsidize the phone for me.
>>
>> The carriers use different spectrums for 3G service IIRC.  It's really
> just a hardware issue.
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