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  1. rodan01's Avatar
    The low end devices are aimed (mainly) at countries where the cost makes sense however in the western world MS wants to compete with Apple and Android (as well as the low end market). How many iPhone + Android users are there vs new smartphone users in western world.


    Penetration of smartphones in the developed economies must be higher than 70%, but there are still first time users to take. Although, the focus probably is in the growth markets where WP phones are easier to sell.
    Great deal likes this.
    08-06-2014 11:51 AM
  2. smoledman's Avatar
    Microsoft should ditch the pointless sale of no-profit Lumia 630s and focus on making a super-premium device that will give people gadget lust. Or else, just get out of the market. MS is the only smartphone vendor focusing solely on low-end.
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    08-06-2014 11:55 AM
  3. pedmar007's Avatar
    Show me that same chart next year this same date 06/08/2014 when WP8.1 has been updated to the point that every feature is avl on all three major OSes. Do that, show the same result and I'll actually read anything anyone has to say about the disparity in ANDROID & IOS vs WP8.1.
    08-06-2014 12:05 PM
  4. bilzkh's Avatar
    Microsoft should ditch the pointless sale of no-profit Lumia 630s and focus on making a super-premium device that will give people gadget lust. Or else, just get out of the market. MS is the only smartphone vendor focusing solely on low-end.
    That was Microsoft's approach in the early days of Windows Phone 7.

    The problem with this approach is that it does little to build an actual user base for developers and vendors to tap into for their apps, games and services. For one reason or another Microsoft just cannot secure enough high-end users, it needs lower-end phones to build up its user base.

    Although Microsoft may not make a profit on low-cost hardware, it might be able to recoup by winning those users over to Bing, Skype, Office 365, Xbox Music and OneDrive, all of which feature front and center on Windows Phone.

    I do agree on the idea that Windows Phone needs a couple of trailblazing devices, especially for those with gadget lust. But the low and mid-end phones are integral to the growth of the wider WP user base. More users = more reason to develop for WP.
    08-06-2014 10:02 PM
  5. smoledman's Avatar
    That was Microsoft's approach in the early days of Windows Phone 7.

    The problem with this approach is that it does little to build an actual user base for developers and vendors to tap into for their apps, games and services. For one reason or another Microsoft just cannot secure enough high-end users, it needs lower-end phones to build up its user base.

    Although Microsoft may not make a profit on low-cost hardware, it might be able to recoup by winning those users over to Bing, Skype, Office 365, Xbox Music and OneDrive, all of which feature front and center on Windows Phone.

    I do agree on the idea that Windows Phone needs a couple of trailblazing devices, especially for those with gadget lust. But the low and mid-end phones are integral to the growth of the wider WP user base. More users = more reason to develop for WP.
    The kind of people who buy the cheapest smartphone do not buy those expensive cloud subscription services like OneDrive, XBox Music. Show me any proof that MS is converting millions of new users to those paid services.
    08-06-2014 11:45 PM
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