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The Telecom Digest for January 8, 2014
Volume 33 : Issue 6 : "text" Format
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The Hybrid Tablet Temptation (Monty Solomon)
Shameless Carriers (Monty Solomon)

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Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 02:33:46 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: The Hybrid Tablet Temptation Message-ID: <p06240825cef00cc0667c@[]> The Hybrid Tablet Temptation Jan 5, 2014 By Jean-Louis Gassée Monday Note In no small part, the iPad's success comes from its uncompromising Do Less To Do More philosophy. Now a reasonably mature product, can the iPad expand its uses without falling into the hybrid PC/tablet trap? When the iPad came out, almost four years ago, it was immediately misunderstood by industry insiders - and joyously embraced by normal humans. Just Google "iPad naysayer" for a few nuggets of iPad negativism. Even Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, couldn't avoid the derivative trap: He saw the new object as a mere evolution of an existing one and shrugged off the iPad as a bigger phone. Schmidt should have known better, he had been an Apple director in the days when Jobs believed the two companies were "natural allies". I was no wiser. I got my first iPad on launch day and was immediately disappointed. My new tablet wouldn't let me do the what I did on my MacBook Air - or my tiny EeePC running Windows Xp (not Vista!). For example, writing a Monday Note on an iPad was a practical impossibility - and still is. ... http://www.mondaynote.com/2014/01/05/the-hybrid-tablet-temptation/
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2014 02:31:20 -0500 From: Monty Solomon <monty@roscom.com> To: telecomdigestmoderator.remove-this@and-this-too.telecom-digest.org. Subject: Shameless Carriers Message-ID: <p06240823cef00adbf4cd@[]> Shameless Carriers Dec 15, 2013 By Jean-Louis Gassée Monday Note Wireless carriers used to rule smartphone suppliers. In 2007, Steve Jobs upended such rules. Why can't the carriers accept the change and enjoy the revenues the iPhone generates for them? and why do tech journalists encourage their whining? Until about two weeks ago, it seemed that our major wireless carriers had given up whining about the unjust subsidies imposed by a certain overly-confident (they said) handset maker. I hoped that their silence on the topic meant that they had finally realized that the extra revenue (ARPU) generated by these smartphones more than made up for the "subsidy burden", for the exorbitant amounts of money that (they thought) ended up in the wrong coffers. Then, I saw this headline: "REVEALED: How YOU PAY extra for IPHONES - even if you DON'T HAVE ONE" ... http://www.mondaynote.com/2013/12/15/shameless-carriers/
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