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junko.yoshida
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Re: Paradox - $25 phone and 3G connection!
junko.yoshida   2/24/2014 7:04:01 PM
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@_hm, because you want to connect to the Internet?

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Re: Paradox - $25 phone and 3G connection!
AZskibum   2/24/2014 5:58:02 PM
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Good point. A $25 phone with a 3G data connection is an oxymoron. Even in developing countries, cellular data is far from zero cost.

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Re: Paradox - $25 phone and 3G connection!
_hm   2/24/2014 5:52:10 PM
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@GSMD: $25 phone is for undeveloped or developing countries. Not few people will get them in North America.

Also, I do have $500 each phone for all my four family members. But I do not subscribe to any data, as that is too expensive. We only use wi-fi hotspot.

Why $25 phone needs data?

 

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Re: $25 "Smart" phone
JeffL_2   2/24/2014 4:16:06 PM
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Guess I shouldn't be putting questions in here that I don't have an answer for, but I suppose this really won't quite "substitute" for a smartphone since I doubt you could really watch video very well on it, I mean how much GPU can you afford in the BOM for a $25 device? Without enough processing power you'd use even MORE BW if you had to almost "stream pixels". But I don't really know how much low-end GPUs sell for in huge quantites, maybe someone else on here knows. (Or maybe you HAVE to be able to support video in order to run the ads you need to monetize the sale of the device?) Definitely some issues that need to be looked at anyway, don't think this article answered all the relevant questions yet.

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Re: $25 "Smart" phone
junko.yoshida   2/24/2014 3:25:11 PM
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@y_sasaki, exactly. The competition for $25 smartphones are really low-cost feature phones such as Nokia 105. (That phone offers no Internet connection; no touch screen.) 

As Spreadtrum noted, the $25 smartphone does offer touchscreens but it is just a 3.5-inch HVGA touchscreen. 

But as you say, the battery life and other usability issues need to be taken care of correctly. We shall see how they will pull that off.

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Sheetal.Pandey   2/24/2014 2:58:02 PM
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just $25 cant believe. What is ther BOM?? How can they afford to keep the price so low. Will it be one of those smartphone that if falls down never comes up. I mean the parts are so fragile.

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Re: Low Cost Smartphone
baybal   2/24/2014 2:36:45 PM
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Mozilla can always leverage their legions of open source zealots

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$25 "Smart" phone
y_sasaki   2/24/2014 2:24:12 PM
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I think this is not cheap alternative of iPhone or Android phone, instead it is feature phone with touch screen. You can make phone call, web access, e-mail, messaging, some extra features (caldner/scheduler, camera, etc), that's all. You won't have fancy voice-recognition AI, you won't have millions of online Apps, but do you really need them?

My primary question is if it can achieve "good enough" quality in $25 price tag. If LCD visibility, touch screen precision / sensitivity, battery life is below minimum expectation, it will never take off. In my opinion there will certainly oppotunity for simple low-cost phone, but $25 retail price tag would be going too far.

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Re: Paradox - $25 phone and 3G connection!
zewde yeraswork   2/24/2014 12:05:14 PM
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Of course, if the OS was run out of the cloud, that would be a pretty significant innovation and would explain how the phone runs at such a price.

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zewde yeraswork   2/24/2014 11:58:44 AM
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The smartphone is going to see a consistent drop in prices and Firefox OS seems like an opportunity to take advantage of the demand on the lower end.

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