Especially in many developing countries, feature phones are becoming more popular due to their price and functionality. The battle of Samsung and Apple has not reached its heights everywhere in the world, and $40 phones can definitely find its market. Those entry level phones are the entry point for customers who do not have the big budget for better phones, but will help to build brand loyalty.
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This has taken a lot of comments! It's a hot topic.
I'm in favor of this to work. This means there's a market opportunity for middle level phones that's being unattended. As some comments show, if people are pushed to the low end or the high end they will not be happy.
The idea of getting a pool of developers from the web through the use of HTML5 programming language it's a powerful one.
The market exists and if Mozilla is unable to correctly orchestrate this, some other will.
Also, this would make Mozilla grow as a company because integrating an open source and free operating system with a phone requires engineering services. Mozilla will not only be a web browser developer. Interesting.
I would relate this to the chrome book from google where everything is running off the browser. Using HTML5 is definitely a cool concept for developing apps. Probably there need to have some sort of AppStore to host all these HTML applications. I know lots of games are based on HTML5 already.
The data plan is a way to go.
For a long time, I don't need a fancy data plan to my cell phone plan simply because I rarely pull data from the Internet while I am on the road. Primarily, I used my cell phone to make a call and receive a call.
Since I have started using smartphone, I wonder why I need to subscribe to voice plan. The social network trend and the amount of information simply push me to the mobile Internet.
Is it the smartphone pushing mobile data or the information driving the smartphone? It will take a long debate and everyone would have their own opinion. Nonetheless, I am sure most people will agree smartphone has opened up new opportunities. More and more people are driven to mobile data. With the openness of VoIP, there are tremendous number of VoIP startups joining the market, trying to get a share of voice market from the major telecommunication carrier, e.g. AT&T. Really soon, voice will be served over packet data network, in specific, IP. You will be able to download different VoIP clients (aka telephone) into your smartphone and start making voice and receiving voice call from it. Depending on the client, you may be able to use multiple VoIP providers. Or you may need to have multiple clients, e.g. 1 for personal and 1 for business.
Feature phone vs smartphone. In short, they will both exist as long as voice communication is still in demand. Feature phone may just exist in a software form resided in a smartphone.
Self contradictory: a "Mozilla OS" phone *IS NOT* a "feature phone", it is as a matter of fact a smartphone.
1. JS virtual machine is even less effective than JVM (e.g., Dalvik in Android), nothing to say about native code.
1. JS programs are unstructured crap, hardly maintainable when they grow over 1000 lines of code. What else can one expect from a hack created in 10 days to save a burning Netscape release?
Despite industry monsters like Intel and Mozilla may push the HTML5/JS paradigm to the market and half-educated WEB programmers would think they are at last able to write a functional program, this a blind way due to the aforementioned factors.