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Well DD covered a lot of this in his replies, but, here are my additional thoughts:

Why does Nokia get a point for Solitariness?

I see more Motorola phones in a given day than Nokia.

They are the biggest phone provider in the world at this time. Additionally, they are way ahead in developing new devices, services, protocols and appliannces. Hence, I believed they were pretty solitary. Especially in the GSM dominated areas of the world (most of it).

And how about inevitability?
I'm about as techie as one gets, and I don't have a cell phone. Haven't gotten to the point of really needing it, let alone it being inevitable. And if I ever do, it's certainly not inevitable that it'll be a Nokia.

DD mentioned this but, I am the same as you actually, no cell phone, no pager, no palm pilot, and I am a long time engineer as well.

That said, wireless, is inevitable. NOK does far more than phones. Wireless office LAN. They do it, you will see it sooner than either of us thinks most likely. Wireless service devices that service providers need. You already "see" them indirectly thru the phone usage (annoying as it can be) of others. Wireless protocols like bluetooth that will enable all sorts of wireless devices such as the wireless earpieces for mobile radios (police firefighters etc) I worked on in my last consultancy, will also be something you see a lot of (depending on how/when you get pulled over or burn your house down ;^).

Finally, phones. I suspect that in 5 or so years the services will be so cheap and easy that even you and I will have succumbed. Additionally, in many areas of the world, especially underdeveloped ones, you will see a move straight to wireless since it can be cheaper in those areas. I suspect that cost advantage will move to the US as well as infrastructure is not replaced. Think of the cable TV vs non-cable transition in the US over the last few decades (from 0 to most folks pretty quickly).

The point I most want to make. Most folks see Nokia and think phones, but, Nokia is far far far more than just phones.

Heck, whatever phone the lowest cost service supports is what I'll probably use, and I'd imagine most cell phone users feel the same way.

Ah, but, service is different than the phone. You may, in future, have a phone. The service provider you use may well use Nokia equipment. The services you do buy may well be based on protocols based on WAP and/or bluetooth in which Nokia has a development lead. Hence, the phone you have, even if it;s the cheapest, or if it's CDMA, GSM or whatever, may well be a Nokia phone. Just some thoughts to consider.

Hope that helps clarify my position, cheers,

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