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The key to the future success of the cellular phone makers seems to me to hinge on their ability to tie in and "network" with the access providers and work out the best/most flexible deal, with the best product which Nokia defeinitely has (right now). I'd buy a new NOKIA, and sign up for an AT & T one rate deal right now except the phone prices here in CA are out to lunch.

In some parts of Europe monthly phone 'packages' are almost dead ( because they are a rip off )except in business use, where the company pays all the bills, so who cares.

Studies show that the average Joe does not go mobile until he can buy a cheap phone which he owns, and pay cheaply for the use of it according to what he USES. The myriad packages offered in the USA drive away more customers than they attract - consumer surveys show this too. So in Holland, the second mobile network there (formerly the market was a monopoly of the local post office - PTT Telecom) is killing the PTT in market share of new phones sold as a result of selling cheap phones (profitably) which you reload with smart cards worth $20 $40 $80 , and you can call until you run out of credit but only within Holland. You can buy these smart cards in virtually any gas station, supermarket or shop you can think of.

The Result - No bills, no billing admin, no credit control, fewer personnel, no control, no postage, no nothing. Light, lean, and mean. It works for the moment

I fail to find mobility inspiring, as a call to go and buy into shares in any strength, until the marketing/biling end sorts itself out, and everyone "literally" has one because its like a normal phone. (no use/no bill)



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