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Hughston
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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
Hughston   3/25/2013 6:55:01 PM
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Interesting that top people in some of the major players in LTE all worked together at the same company in the US.

green_is_now
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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
green_is_now   3/22/2013 2:40:03 AM
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my cheap smartphone from cricket sucked. not sure if the software,hardware or service sucked. Ended up back at the V with penalty for leaving per month. Hope they have fixed issues if in hardware or software.

apummer945
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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
apummer945   3/21/2013 8:16:14 PM
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Well, the Chinese are learning and getting smarter daily, what you can't say about the US

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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
ip2design   3/20/2013 2:23:29 PM
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With economic crisis hurting Europe and the US, low cost smart phone is a global product. Nokia has focused its strategy on this, not only in China and India.

aktion99
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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
aktion99   3/20/2013 12:23:11 PM
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Ok, one question I want to ask here is china will become like Japan in semiconductor industry were once the former take head to head with US in memory semiconductor and than surpassing US in the market share with superior cost advantage and manufacturing quality than now we seeing number of Chinese companies involve in mobile semiconductor space will this companies also can become like Japan surpassing US in same ways and strategy. Thanks.

yazhouren
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yazhouren   3/20/2013 5:25:56 AM
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there are so many pepole so poor, they want to play smartphone, they wants to read news and play games in their free time

yazhouren
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yazhouren   3/20/2013 5:10:17 AM
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single-core is said about CPU, not GPU or DSP

junko.yoshida
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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
junko.yoshida   3/19/2013 10:09:43 PM
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That's correct. It is unsubsidized.

daveberstein
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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
daveberstein   3/19/2013 9:20:13 PM
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Junko - Is the $50 price really unsubsidized? That's how I read your article and if so that's amazing. A year ago people didn't expect to see $50 smartphones for much longer. Incidentally, the previous commentators are underestimating the demand for cheap phones, even in the U.S. There are plenty of poorer folks, cheapskates and large families who are on prepaid in the U.S. with a cheap phone. Upgrading to a smartphone at that price is a no brainer for occasional use of the net.

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re: Spreadtrum flourishes as $50 smartphones boom
chanj0   3/19/2013 5:09:39 PM
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When a new product starts, people will typically tolerate size and price. Towards market matureness, consumers will demand variety which include different size and form factor. In particular, in the Asian and European market, consumers will demand smaller phones, for ease of carrying, and different look, for uniqueness. The cell phone market development followed the trend from Motorola DynaTAC 8000X to Motorola MicroTAC; then, comes the Nokia 8850 with style. Consumers are price sensitive, in particular, once the smartphone becomes a commodity. There is no doubt the market is moving towards $50.00 smartphone. Nonetheless, the high price tag smartphone will still be around.

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