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Ballmer makes the pitch for Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone barely registers in the minds of customers looking to purchase smartphones. Most of the general populous walking into a mobile store these days has already predetermined that they will select an iPhone or one of the members from the growing Android Army. RIM's Blackberry OS and Windows Phone are continuing to take a backseat in the lucrative smartphone market.
With this is mind, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is still confident that things will change with Windows Phone 8. The recently launched smartphone operating system definitely looks slick, but is it compelling enough to attract not only new customers, but also legions of developers to make the platform thrive?

In a recent launch event in Israel, Ballmer seemed to disregard RIM and said that Microsoft is working with a number of OEM partners to make Windows Phone 8 a "really strong third participant" in the market.
Ballmer also went on to say that Windows Phone is "still relatively small", but that he "Expect[s] the volumes on Windows Phone to really ramp quickly."
When it comes to enthusiasm for the platform, we know that Ballmer is all in. The boisterous CEO recently narrated a commercial that showcases the highlights of Windows Phone 8.

Source: Reuters

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By tayb on 11/5/2012 11:20:07 AM , Rating: 2
What you need to do is walk into a Verizon store with this list and ask a few random customers their thoughts on these issues.

"Excuse me, sir, what do you think about the fact that Windows Phone 8 doesn't allow you to side load apps?"

"Ma'am, if I were to tell you that Windows Phone 8 doesn't have a file browser would that dampen your enthusiasm?"

Let me know how that goes. You're making the common mistaking of thinking that most people aren't ignorant. They are. Most people who walk into a Verizon or AT&T store buy what the sales rep tells him or her to buy. That's it. Right now these reps push Android because Android is the most profitable. If Microsoft sweetens the pot these guys will push MS. That's really how it works. These things you mentioned aren't actually hurting WP at all.

No, the biggest problem facing MS and WP is that there aren't enough phones on the shelves. I went into a Verizon store yesterday to file an insurance claim on my phone and I cannot remember seeing a single Windows Phone. Not one. I'm sure there were a couple there somewhere but I honestly do not remember seeing one. That's the problem. What did I see plastered on the walls and front and center? Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy SIII.

By BabelHuber on 11/5/2012 12:03:21 PM , Rating: 2
Ok, let's talk about carrier support instead of features.

You know Microsoft bought Skype? You know Microsoft intends to install Skype on more than a billion PCs per default? That MS wants to fully integrate Skype in all Windows devices?

So, do carriers like Skype?

I'd bet money they rather sell SMS and phone calls than data services, because this is where most of the profits are.

Do they also dislike WhattsApp or iMessage? Sure, but Skype is a bigger threat, since it's backed up by Microsoft.

So carriers don't like MS, you are right.

By tayb on 11/5/2012 1:11:02 PM , Rating: 2
Do carriers like Skype? You might be surprised.

The old money grab for carriers used to be SMS and phone but they've almost completely phased this out for smart phones. The new "family share plans" that the carriers are pushing include unlimited talk/text, exorbitant charges for data, and low data usage ceilings. Five years ago you may have been correct but the model has changed. Carriers want you to use more data because then they can charge you more. Skype is no longer an enemy but an excellent means to sell customers more data.

Even for non share plans the prices for talk/text have bottomed out. They are clearly targeting data as their main revenue draw.

For what it's worth: My Droid X came with Skype Mobile pre-installed. Not sure if it came from Verizon or Motorola.

By Ramstark on 11/5/2012 9:20:07 PM , Rating: 2
Then you would lose all your hard-earned-as-a-troll know why? Because the model has changed. The carriers now want you to consume data mainly because their plans are finally designed for that.
Anyway, with all your trolling and knowing you even haven't used a WP8 and this know I know that you don't know anything about the market or the cell phone technology. Sure, you can root your Android, right? Surely following youtube video tutorials. So go now, please rant again about what your "humble" opinion is...

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