I think this is a case of a market being there and the choice either being to jump in and compete or lose access to it entirely. With the iPod and especially the iTunes Music Store Apple has committed itself to the digital music and distribution market. With mobile phones becoming more and more open to this market they had to do something along this line or remove their music store from contention in the whole arena.Veljo said:Apple need to concentrate on computers, not the crap they're branching out to. iPod, end it there.
That is funny. I had Verizon and and had almost the same problem of service that you described (funny how I live within 5 miles of the local Verizon HEAD OFFICE) and could not get service unless I moved 3 blocks. Cingular was totally opposite and I as of yet have never lost a call with Cingular. That is with driving from where I live to the Canadian border. (I have family that way). I guess it really depends where you are located. Plus 3G service (at least in the vast US) coverage falls to the way side if you leave the highways or major cities. The already long Standing digital TDMA coverage it all over and I never loose signal when my co-workers with their fancy camera phones (even though they use they all have different carriers). So in America, if you have an active outdoor life away from Eastern cities, a TDMA network is the only cell service you are going to get. That is the reality (in the USA). Canada is a different story all together.RGrphc2 said:I'll admit when i first got my VZW phone i used Get it Now and downloaded a 2 or 3 ringtones and pacman.
Granted Verizon is expensive compared to the other services, but i like getting service in my house and not having to stand in the middle of my driveway to get service
I've heard much the same, generally speaking. I have a pretty negative view towards the wireless world. I really wonder why the wireless is better in Europe vs. USA...parb.johal@ante said:its sounds like american consumers get an extremly raw deal from their operators.
here in the uk / europe - rarely is a feature disabled - nor do we have to pay etc to transfer pics / music etc etc. and we get excellent coverage.
is that a year or per month? my bill is £15/month (20ish) with 500 mins/500 texts/20mb GPRS. i'm very happy with o2. just can't wait to finally get rid of my razr v3 in february (i've only had it two months and i'm sick of it))j2603 said:well, we pay less than you guys in Europe do. your phone bill is around 150....
I'm pretty sure Other Countries outside of the United States, not just Europe have one or two providers competing for business. I know that in Korea, that there is only 2 MAJOR cell phone companies there and all the towers are shared by them (my girlfriend's brother lives in Seoul) and one of the Major brands there is Nextel.MDLarson said:I've heard much the same, generally speaking. I have a pretty negative view towards the wireless world. I really wonder why the wireless is better in Europe vs. USA...