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Mobile operators could hinder Motorola-iTunes deal

updated 08:10 pm EDT, Wed July 28, 2004

Trouble for Mot-iTunes?

Mobile operators could and stop other phone manufacturers from launching similar digital music transfer services and may be unwilling to subsidize handsets, according to analysts interview by Forbes: "analysts think mobile operators will obstruct the partnership unless revenue streams are offered to them. It could make it hard for Motorola to ship iTunes handsets when they launch at the start of 2005. 'The deal implies that fixed broadband connections are a better way to deliver high quality music downloads than mobile networks,' said Ian Fogg, broadband and personal technology analyst at Jupiter Research Europe. 'It suggests that operators hoping to profit from music downloads will be bypassed by PC transfer services like this.'"




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  1. automorrow

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Solution?

    If you download a song from iTunes and you loose it ( crash or such ) are you still able to 'reload'? If so, couldn't you download a lower quality MP3 for your phone ( that you bought impromptu ) and when you get home ( or wherever ) download the high quality?

    Pros: You don't get high fees for mobile bandwith, and the carrier doesn't get overused. Anytime you "loose" a song, your account can retrieve it. Run out of memory or miss a old favorite purchase? Erase and reload whenever you want. Also, "what-if" you could record a 'voice message' and send it ( instead of mailboxes )?

    Cons: The quality is not as good as your iPod, but you can't transfer it anyway.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    no itunes for verizon!

    verizon is the microsoft of cell phone companies in the us, locking out everyone who doesn't pay a fee to verizon. you can bet that they're gonna be the main company that doesn't allow itunes and hooking up to a pc/mac. they've got their rental software (get it now) and i'm sure they're looking to rent you an itunes competitor for only $4/month, plus $1/month for every song you wanna listen to.

    so glad i left them years ago.

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    subsidies

    No one says they have to subsidize these handsets. Generally, any good phone you buy you buy separate from the phone company, and then use it with your service. All the crappy phones people have are the ones that come from the phone companies (I should know, I have one!). So just buy it separate and sign it up with Verizon.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Re: subsidies

    Most people would rather pay less than $200 for a phone than $600.

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