[PLUG-TALK] Android, Chapter 2, Happy, Happy
daniel at rimspace.net
Thu Mar 17 18:25:48 PDT 2011
I came over here from Australia, where everyone used the same 3G bands
– right until the former monopoly telecoms provider decided they would
vary their new deployment onto a separate band. So, yeah, the idea
that phones are completely non-portable is very strange.
I agree that it is basically just a form of lock-in – but I would
point mostly at the wireless carriers, rather than the phone vendor,
since that is where the root of the economic incentives that keep 'em
non-portable mostly come from.
On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 16:55, wes <plug at the-wes.com> wrote:
> 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.
> On Thu, Mar 17, 2011 at 3:37 PM, Alex Young <alexander.young at gmail.com>
>> 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>
>>>> 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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