| | Re: Judge Immediately Bans Sale of Qualcomm W-CDMA Chips
> There is a fundamental flaw in your premise.
> The second that a 3G iPhone hits the market, EVERY EDGE iPhone
> immediately depreciates dramatically. Maybe not zero, but damn near.
> It is what I call a bad investment. Now, if you can afford buying toys and
> can afford buying another one in a year or so, then go for it...
First of all, don't assume that the 3G iPhone means no more EDGE
iPhones. The monthly pricing on the 3G model will likely be higher, or
you'll be able to have your choice of 3G or EDGE service at different
price points. It isn't corporations buying iPhones, it's individuals
that may be happy paying $20 less per month and having the lower speed.
Second, the judges ruling will delay the 3G iPhone in the U.S., as
Qualcomm cannot sell their current chip design, and the cycle time to
get new silicon into devices is long to very long, depending on how many
revisions of silicon they need to go through. By the time the 3G iPhone
hits stores, it'll be a year since the first model.
Third, company's really can't be too concerned that their newer products
will hurt the resale value of their older products, nor do most
purchasers expect the company to stop introducing new products.
Fourth, the current iPhone buyers purchased their iPhones knowing full
well that a 3G model would be introduced, they just didn't know when.
Very few will be really mad about it.
Finally, there's a tendency to dismiss all iPhone buyers as morons,
based on Usenet posts in CSMA or the alt.cellular groups. It gives a
really warped picture of the average iPhone user, who would be aghast
and angry to be equated with the fanboys that post on Usenet. They knew
the feature limitations when they bought it, and they're not spending
time rationalizing the missing pieces. It's not a phone I would buy for
a host of reasons, but those I know that them are happy with them for
the most part. The biggest complaint is not the lack of 3G, it's the
lack of voice-dialing.