1. rakeshrai's Avatar
    Just by including one single feature. FM radio. For example FM radio is fairly new in India and it has taken off well. So if a prospective Lumia 520 customer goes to a mobile shop, he/she is more likely to purchase a handset that comes with one. FM radio has a lot advantages in the emerging world, you don't have to rely on the internet and radio is ubiquitous. Not everyone here can afford data plans and the 520 isn't really for the affluent. I know GDR2 is coming with FM radio update. My point is Microsoft could have at least released FM radio when 520 was launched. Seriously a wasted opportunity.
    08-04-2013 02:24 AM
  2. crash1989's Avatar
    I've been using FM radio since 2002 in India :D. but I get your point. IMO any smartphone cannot be used well without internet.
    08-04-2013 04:48 AM
  3. bsbharath1987's Avatar
    I think a lot of local apps would really spur the growth.. Nokia is doing well in that direction. Another thing would be to get the banks to write apps
    08-04-2013 08:20 AM
  4. rakeshrai's Avatar
    I've been using FM radio since 2002 in India :D. but I get your point. IMO any smartphone cannot be used well without internet.
    The reason I said fairly new is because we had FM in the early 80's in Singapore. So it's a growing phenomena in India and should be fully capitalized by Microsoft and Nokia. I'm afraid they're still thinking on the lines of the first world where FM has taken a backseat to internet radio.
    08-04-2013 11:01 PM
  5. berty6294's Avatar
    The reason I said fairly new is because we had FM in the early 80's in Singapore. So it's a growing phenomena in India and should be fully capitalized by Microsoft and Nokia. I'm afraid they're still thinking on the lines of the first world where FM has taken a backseat to internet radio.
    I consider FM radio a dying technology in the US. None of my peers use FM radio at all! I haven't used it in years (except to listen to my local morning talk show)
    08-04-2013 11:06 PM
  6. OzRob's Avatar
    I consider FM radio a dying technology in the US. None of my peers use FM radio at all! I haven't used it in years (except to listen to my local morning talk show)
    I wasn't aware the US was an emerging market!
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    08-04-2013 11:29 PM
  7. berty6294's Avatar
    I wasn't aware the US was an emerging market!
    I was replying to the other guys comment about the US. I'm actually quite shocked that this is now growing in countries where smartphones, WiFi, and data plans already exist!
    08-04-2013 11:35 PM
  8. OzRob's Avatar
    I was replying to the other guys comment about the US. I'm actually quite shocked that this is now growing in countries where smartphones, WiFi, and data plans already exist!
    Yes. It is quite shocking how little so many people in the US know about conditions outside the US. I'm in Australia (which also isn't an emerging market) and FM radio on phones is still very popular here. We have a low population density outside our few major cities, so hi speed data coverage can be very patchy. I live in Sydney (Australia's largest city of around 4 million) and there are several major 3G blackspots on my commute to and from work, even though I'm well within the metro area. So internet radio is not really an effective option for me commuting by bus each day. I use FM instead (or I did until I bought a WP8 phone).
    08-05-2013 12:04 AM
  9. qudahamohammad's Avatar
    I live in a developing country, Jordan, and people barely use FM on their mobile phones/mp3 players. They just turn the FM Radio on in the car to listen to talk shows and news, music is all downloaded.
    08-05-2013 01:37 AM

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