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Comment: Re:Free roaming sounds nice... (Score 1) 58

by danbob999 (#49200479) Attached to: EU Free Data Roaming, Net Neutrality Plans In Jeopardy

You mean this? http://mobile.free.fr/ I think your French is a little rusty, and those plans end up being a ton more expensive when all is said and done.

What's the catch? Can't we get a mobile plan for only 2 euros/month?

In any case, in the US, Ting and Family Mobile are pretty good deals.

That's not that cheap. Start at $15 for 100 minutes, 100 text and 100 MB.

Comment: Re:Free roaming sounds nice... (Score 1) 58

by danbob999 (#49200113) Attached to: EU Free Data Roaming, Net Neutrality Plans In Jeopardy
Ok what US MVNO offers 120 minutes of talk time (to France, the USA and 99 other destinations), unlimited SMS and 50 MB data for 2 euros/month? Free offers it in France. For 20 euros, they offer unlimited talk and 20GB data. There might be cheaper alternatives in some other countries, I just picked the cheap European operator I know.

Comment: Re:Free roaming sounds nice... (Score 1) 58

by danbob999 (#49196211) Attached to: EU Free Data Roaming, Net Neutrality Plans In Jeopardy

You could use the same argument within a single country. The average person only needs coverage in his home city, right? Why would roaming across France be free when you live in Paris?

Because the actual cost of roaming within a country is so low that it doesn't make much sense to account for it.

The actual cost of roaming between countries is a lot higher, so it does make sense to account for it and charge for it.

The only reason why roaming within a single country is low is because you usually don't roam as the operator will setup antennas to cover the whole country. If you are to roam on another operator, there is no reason why it should be more expensive just because it's in another country.

Comment: Re:Free roaming sounds nice... (Score 1) 58

by danbob999 (#49196175) Attached to: EU Free Data Roaming, Net Neutrality Plans In Jeopardy

It is interesting to see how the EU and USA mobile markets evolved differently, which I attribute in part to the different cultural identity in the two places. US Companies see themselevs as US companies and so it was natural for them to dvelop a US network acrosss the entire country. The EU companies were more likly to seethemselves as French or German as were regulators in those countries who would protrct them from foriegn competition. As aresultyou have a very localized network rather than an EU wide network.

It's just as localized in the US. The US just happens to be a larger country. But go to Canada or Mexico and you will pay exorbitant roaming fees to.

Comment: Re: Blackberry (Score 1) 433

Yes and no. There is no way Microsoft will stay in the market with only 3% of the market (yes, share) in the long term. Their Windows Phone division is currently not profitable enough and will never be except if they can get a significant share of the market. With 3%, their platform will continue to be avoided by developers. In 2011, analysts projected that Microsoft would be at arround 20% by 2015. And that's why Microsoft invested in Windows Phone. They beleived they had a chance to win. The problem with 3% is that the competition will have much larger economies of scale and will drive you down to 0.

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