Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Variations on a theme

A few weeks back I posted this piece, which was one of several over the past year which touch on the dilemma faced by incumbents in the growing tension between handset-as-exploitable-endpoint (point of sale) for the carriers, and handset-as-independent-capture-and-storage-device, eventually (soon) capable of off-net device-to-device content sharing. Judging from this piece, it looks like I am not alone. It's hardly surprising that the folks at Weedshare would have a similar worldview, but if we accept the idea that the mysterious non-appearance of the ROKR at CTIA and CeBIT is down to a carrier backlash at the uppity handset makers, then I think their case is even stronger.

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