They’re more in a dictatorship mode where they say, ‘This is what you have to do or you don’t get the iPhone.’ Being arrogant with your partners in big markets doesn’t pay off.Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President of Marketing at Russian mobile carrier OAO Mobile TeleSystems • Offering his employers’ explanation for the iPhone’s extremely high price — which have reportedly topped $1000 at times — compared to other smartphones available in Russia. As the author also notes, the majority Russian consumers do not sign long term contracts for mobile service, removing any incentive for carriers themselves to help subsidize the high cost of some devices. Think this is the sort of thing investor’s were worried about last week when asking Apple CEO Tim Cook about entry barriers in emerging markets? source (via • follow)
» And at least one congressman is angry: “We cannot allow privacy protections to be swept aside with the sweeping nature of these information requests, especially for innocent consumers,” said Rep. Edward Markey, who released the data Monday.
chartier says: Oh, it was crystal clear way back in 2008 when I wrote about this for Ars Technica. and it’s crystal clear today, assuming you can look beyond your own nose. The reason is cultural, not technical. Who wants to be crammed into a tin can for one, two, four, or more hours on a flight right next, in front, or behind someone blabbing on their cell phone about the latest ad campaign, the progress of mom’s cancer treatment, or the really, really hot guy from class? Not a single damn person on this planet, that’s who.
» SFB says: Here’s another take on the issue we posted earlier. However, we take issue with this stance, because it’s a different thing entirely — the fact of the matter is, the cultural reasons for blocking cell phones make sense. However, Bilton was very careful to emphasize his argument around iPads, Kindles and MP3 players — all devices that, if used properly, would annoy nearby passengers as much as someone using a reading light to pore over a copy of The Atlantic; and all devices which are allowed in mid-flight. In fact, in the case of a Kindle, it’s the opposite of annoying. “But, why can’t I read my Kindle or iPad during takeoff and landing?” Bilton wrote. “E-readers and cellphones can be easily put into “Airplane Mode” which disables the device’s radio signals.” We need to look beyond just cell phones when we think of “electronic devices.” We’re past that. — Ernie @ SFB
» Google stocks didn’t react well: While an argument could be made that this is a great move for Google, investors appear to be at least somewhat spooked, with Google’s stock currently down despite the more positive market at large. Is it because the company has never really had any sort of success in the hardware business? And what does this mean for HTC or Samsung or all the other big Android makers?
All the benefits that we’ve worked and fought for, 30 and 40 years, they want to take off the table … they want to make us like Wal-Mart workers. No benefits and low pay.Striking Reading, Mass. Verizon worker Paul Murphy • Offering his take on the negotiations that led to the first strike Verizon’s had in over a decade. The strike, which involves the company’s landline workers, flared up after the company pushed to make it easier to fire workers and give raises based on performance, not seniority. The company says that the workers are among the highest-paid telecommunications workers in the industry, and that they have no plans to outsource workers. (h/t John Ness) source (via • follow)