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12/9/2011 10:46 PM EST
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tpfj
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tpfj   1/4/2012 8:51:27 PM
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Don't know about you but I tend to abort apps download or mail push when on an edge network. If you provide a slow user experience to first time users they won't get hooked the way you anticipate, they may very well get frustrated. Customers have long memories. I also would not assume that the upsell will go to the same phone provider.

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SylvieBarak   12/12/2011 6:55:23 PM
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Well, it may not be a "super phone", but it is more than what a feature phone offers, and given the price, it really lowers the barrier for entry. Plus, once you get consumers hooked on apps, they will never want to go back to "dumb" phones again... so the next phone can be an upsell.

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tpfj   12/12/2011 2:46:22 PM
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Edge/TD-SCDMA + WiFi is not exactly smart in mobile hardware definition terms. Neither is an ARM-9, even if at 600MHz. TD-SCDMA maybe, but that is not exactly a large market. IMHO that is.

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kdboyce   12/12/2011 12:10:42 PM
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I wonder if this news will start something like the ULCH (ultra low cost handset) initiative a few years ago, i.e. ULCSF :-)

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eewiz   12/12/2011 7:49:37 AM
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40$ smartphone! Would like to see the cost split component wise. If I am not wrong, the display and battery alone will be 10-20$. that leaves just 20-30 for entire board and rest of the components + shipping & logistics.

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GREAT-Terry   12/12/2011 4:21:59 AM
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Why the chip can be used for industrial automation applications? Any idea on what you're thinking about?

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_hm   12/12/2011 1:09:48 AM
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This chip can also be employed to solve other similar industrial automation applications. If there is good technical and sales support, it will be nice to explore more.

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Silei   12/12/2011 12:44:00 AM
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It's good news at least in China, and we will hope other smart phone chips appear later.

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GREAT-Terry   12/11/2011 2:59:33 PM
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Wow, will it affect the business of MTK? Bloody price war again in smart phone will finally kill some more phone makers who can only build "me-too" product. Finally people can't make any money from the hardware!

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goafrit   12/11/2011 1:18:52 AM
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Now that is innovation. I am confident that within the next 18 months, the cost of smartphone and ordinary will be the same.

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