Now is an interesting time in the cell phone industry. It is
interesting that June has turned into the new Christmas for phones.
Instead of new products coming out in late November or early
December for the buying rush, the high profile phones have started
coming out in the summer months. Maybe this is a way to get
some early sales and then be able to do bundles and discounts in during
the holidays to increase sales.
Two weeks ago the Palm Pre was released. There was an
interesting teardown performed looking at the
chips inside, which includes board shots and a video.
This Friday the iPhone 3G S is released, and we are going to be doing a
teardown on that as soon as we can get our hands on one. I
think someone is actually going to be standing in line at about 2AM to
make sure we will be able to get one to show you what is inside the
phone. Although I'm not sure if this one is going to be as in
demand as when the iPhone 3G was released. That one was the
first time an iPhone was available in Canada and the line ups were pretty lengthy.
As well, Research In Motion has their earnings announcement on Thursday
and many people are expecting them to comment on their second version
of the Storm, which did not take the market by "storm" as they had
thought (although my parents are down this week and my dad has a Storm
and seems to like it, but the iPhone is not available where he lives).
All in all, there are a lot of interesting phones coming out... but
they are getting to the point where they are all playing in such a same
space that they might be flooding the market a bit with their releases.
Anyone out there desparate to trade in their current phone
for one of the new ones, or is what you have going to keep you going
for a while longer?
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