that comment reflects total unawareness of the history of the telecom system, the realities of world economics and advertising (never been abroad is what it sounds like), and what it means to have an annual income so small that disposable income is a non-factor; necessities are the only thing that can be considered.
most people, meaning the other 97% of the world outside the u.s., don't buy things because they don't have money, not because they don't have cards. they can still send a check or buy locally with cash. but only if they are able to afford to buy something! doesn't matter one bit whether they have a smart phone or a feature phone. paying the carrier is no different than paying any other vendor for them.
nokia had an ecosystem when symbian was the number one phone o.s. on both feature phones and smartphones.
it was when they partnered with msft that they went into the toilet.
potential customers are not-customers. to change that it would be necessary to offer them something that they not only want, or at the very least can actually use, but also something they can AFFORD.
this doesn't change any of that. it's just a press release.
this is hysterically funny!
"... Microsoft's Phone Customer Base includes all of the Customer's they inherited when they made the Nokia Purchase ..."
symbian users don't buy apps from the msft store. so you are still only talking about some subset of [the same] 60 mio. customers that actually use phones with the msft phone o.s. on them. that is 0.04% of the 1.5 billion smartphone users.
and an even tinier percentage of _all_ phone users if you want to discuss 2.5 or even 2.6 billion phone users.
it isn't the lack of a credit card that is limiting the market for apps that will run on those phones. its the lack of sales combined with the loss of users post-sale resulting a tiny segment of those phones being in regular use once people buy them.
they could give the apps away or free ... oh, wait, most of the apps are already free and it's still not selling any phones or making any money for developers.
with almost 5 billion folks using cell phones being able to sell msft phone apps to 2.5 billion, 1/2 of them, that they have ABSOLUTELY NO USE FOR doesn't really do anything for the platform or the developers.
the tiny market share they have is shrinking again, as it does fairly often. that's what they need to fix, not the ability of folks with no interest in their apps to buy them via carrier billing instead of the debit/credit card system.
and buying things that you can't actually afford with a credit card isn't such a smart idea anyway. so being able to buy the same, un-useful, things and then have to pay for it when you cell bill comes due at the end of the billing period, i.e. even faster than on credit, isn't really going to change things for msft, the developers or the customer base, most of whom are in southern europe, not in places where people can't get credit if they want it.
here is the actual article. compare it with the description:
really not 'as advertised'.
instead of going to the login page go to the mlogin page.
there is an app for y-finance but ...
why wouldn't people choose to keep waiting instead of buying phones like these?
low quality and not low priced except for 635 which is on a one day only sale..
i personally have seen at least 3 outside of stores and i know of a 4th one although i haven't actually seen it. it belongs to the brother of one of my daughter's friends.
but actually in spite of how rare they seem there are about 60 mio. of them with monthly service. that's 0.04% of smartphones in use so it makes the 3% look HUGE!.
it also points out that once these phones get sold people stop using them within a short time frame otherwise they would have a higher percentage of units in use.
getting my money back from where/what?
the $5 that i accidentally dropped on the train platform last month when i was buying a ticket?
and the russians may have already inadvertently armed some islamic terrorists with nuclear weapons.
let's see who they blow up first ...
2.5 billion is a billion more than all of the smartphones in use on the planet. o^8)=
are they selling them on the moon? oh, wait, that won't add many units either. (-;
mars? oh, yeah ...
jupiter is big! how about there? \-x)~
actually the msft phone o.s. has about 60 mio. subscribers with regular monthly service. in the world. not just in the u.s.
almost 90% of the 1.5 billion smartphones that exist are android. so those numbers don't add up. best to not quote that source anymore. it's obviously wrong! increasing the number to 2.6 billion will cover that error up though. X-D
any app developer will see that they are automatically strangling themselves unless they write apps for platforms that are actually being used. so one like msft's with less than 3% of the sales of new phones, and 0.04% of the [smart]phones in current use will mean that they don't really care about sales if they don't write for o.s.es that people actually use.
how thoughtful and generous of them to give back to such a neglected community!
oh, right! the islamic terrorists haven't been any threat to the russians, ever, so that will work great for them.
what color is the sky on your planet? (-;
better than russia and iran can afford to start one due to sanctions hitting their economies.
but may be they will starve their citizens to pay for a project to cause trouble like the n. koreans do.
alcatel might not want to keep only the bad bits.
no harm in trying though. (-;
yeah, he could have, but no.
he says things may get better in less than 2 years! investors see no branch, olive or otherwise, being extended to help save them from drowning.
typo. that should say head-worm, not head-worn.
the new software platform will propagate through your head and take over your brain, shutting it down.
repair? msft has the users trained to throw away their system and buy a new oneif it won't boot up.
at least now they won't normally be throwing away perfectly working hardware because the o.s. is hosed. (-;