You just pointed out a VERY important part of selling smartphones in emerging markets that many around here seem to miss:
-Data costs and consumption.
In most countries data is expensive, network coverage is shaky and unlike in 1st world countries there isnt free Wifi everywhere, and if MS+Nokia plan on penetrating these emerging markets they need to take that into account.
As someone who lives in an emerging country i personaly am lucky that my parents are able to afford me all the gadgets, data etc...that i want whilest im in university, they are absolute luxuries, as majority of people here cant afford to be paying for 1gb a month for their smartphone to stay synced to the cloud as data costs are incredibly high, so the whole "Cloud" thing is a bit impractical at this point to be the only option, local sync is a must, its the same in India, Brazil, Chile, Malaysia etc...
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Agreed. Therefore I have opted in WP Suggestion Box to add direct Outlook sync. I am used to Windows Mobile's Activesync.
You're doing it wrong Claude...
That is how simple folks lose their entire lives because it isn't in the cloud...
If you must use Outlook (a poor choice for the consumer), you use any cloud e-mail service, install the connector (eg: Hotmail Connector) and then boom, you stuff is safe and completely available from any device.
Just because it is 'in the cloud' doesn't mean it isn't available offline - seriously, look into it if you care about your stuff.
Emgerging markets have had better wireless infrastructure than a lot of first world markets have had for years. They are unique as they the phone is a luxury but it is also their everything (pc, tv, landline, internet, etc, etc).
They could give a crap about syncing Outlook and they would just buy a dumbphone if a dataplan wasn't possible.
Local ActiveStync is never coming back...
I didnt jump right on android because I was a wm user waiting for wp7 & wanted the tp3. Data plans requirements also kept me away android at the time. I liked ms's approach on bypassing the carrier bloatware,having min specs,& the idea of faster updates.. I was all for it untill all the rumors of basically copying iphone were proven true. Some wp7 users are quick to point out androids/iphones problems but refuse to acknowledge wp7 shortcomings by saying they dont care for it or its not needed. Just because ms choose to build upon kin to a certain extent doesnt mean thats an excuse to leave out missing features. Im still interested in wp7 & watch out for updates. Improvments within all the software/hardware makers breeds competion & helps to insure a better overall experience regardless of os.
While that's a fair point, here's how I see it.
On the OS front, Android is just too unreliable - it freezes, lags, crashes, uses data without permission, sends personal information in clear text, and so on. BlackBerry OS has the same problem, particularly starting around OS5, except it doesn't send personal info in clear text.
iOS on the software level is reliable, but iPhones aren't, and with the mandatory upgrade cycle/planned obsolescence, you have to get a new one every 2 years. The iPhone 3G and 3GS had a good hardware design (copying Nokia's antenna patents didn't hurt), but the iPhone 4 had reception problems, the 4S has only mitigated them and has battery life problems. Sticking to iOS4 isn't really an option anymore and iOS5 is slow as a dog on the 3GS. One size just doesn't fit all. If Apple had some different designs for the phones so you could avoid one problem by selecting a different model, that might work better (and actually does as so far there hasn't been anything wrong with the iPod touch line), but on a hardware level, it's not reliable as a phone.
That really only leaves Windows Phone. It isn't yet the greatest in all areas, but in the areas that really count, it doesn't suck.
The word 'Pentaband' means '5 Bands', from the Greek word 'pente' meaning '5'. For a phone to be pentaband it has to support 5 bands. If the phone has AWS support, it doesn't automatically mean that it is pentaband. The reason Wind and Mobilicity users like pentaband phones is because the reverse is true. We're not the only ones who like pentaband phones though, so please stop referring to phones that work on Wind and Mobilicity as pentaband. It causes unnecessary cofusion.
Not everyone will have each problem, but some of them will be present for everyone, and they're truly deal killers with the availability of something better. Obviously WP isn't down at the price points Android is hitting, nothing really matches the LG Optimus One in the $150 and under range, and it'll take some time for even Tango phones to hit that price point, so there are a couple situations where you've got a price constraint but still want smartphone features where Android delivers and rooting and installing custom ROMs can solve your issues, but that's really only for technically inclined users.
In short, you're over generalizing, and if you spent any decent amount of time with a recent Android handset you'd know that. The thing that kept me away from WP7 to this day is it still doesn't have the functionality or usefulness of the old WinMo phones, and by today's standards, it has more in common with a feature phone than a true smartphone.
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I updated my mother's 2yrld iPhone3GS to iOS5 and its running very smooth for her, she's even chosen not to get a 4S and is waiting for the iP5, as she recently got a BB Torch9810 anyway.
Unfortunately, the only hope for WP was Nokia and there's little chance that will be a success. Same scenario as with the Treo when they started using Windows OS - this will probably lead to the same result. Its a shame as Nokia makes good hardware - they chose a bad OS...
I'm not overgeneralising. Just check out #droidrage on twitter.
On the other hand, I am still pleasantly please everytime I throw my sim card in my WP7 at how stable the thing is, how smooth it is, and how I don't have to do anything to it to deal with the quirks of android, just to get it to work right. But what do I know There are no agreements in matters of taste.