[Chugalug] Android tablets

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Sat Oct 13 17:21:26 UTC 2012

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On 10/13/2012 12:27 PM, Phil Sieg wrote:
> Dave,
> Actually my assumption is based on other factors:
> 1. GSM phones make migrating from carrier to carrier easier, even
> if the devices are initially locked. This would have forced
> "unlocking" into the mainstream much more quickly, as there is a
> lot less incentive to "unlock" a CDMA device as it has to be
> programmed at the "store" to be operable on the network. This alone
> forces the price of service, and handsets down.
> 2. Everyone using GSM tower tech would mean much more crossover 
> roaming and reciprocal agreements which results in outstanding 
> coverage for the customer, at least it has in the rest of the
> world.
> 3. "Pay as you go" would have developed much more rapidly in a GSM 
> only marketplace, and that has been the single largest factor in 
> driving subscriber costs down.
> THOSE are the factors I was considering and they are based on my 
> experiences elsewhere in the world, and marginally on my experience
> as a cellular service provider.

  I'm a little fuzzy on this history.  Why exactly is CDMA so
prevalent in our great land?  I'm not disagreeing with you on the
benefits of GSM.  I believe there is a reason it is less adopted than
it is from a carrier perspective, and some of those benefits are
likely exactly why not.


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