Analysts think that Nokia’s emerging markets phones might leak into developed countries and that could help low-spending users upgrade their phones.
“This should be good news for helping operators in mature markets to encourage low-spending users to replace their phone and – hopefully – start using more advanced services.” Martin Garner, Ovum
Low-spending users have plenty of “free” phones to chose from right now, so it’s not clear why that would help. However, it would be naÃ¯ve to think that these phones cannot leak outside of their intended markets. It the computer space, it has been demonstrated that low-cost computers aimed at emerging countries are generating an immense interest – because they are cheap and… “good enough”.
With phones, the difference is that carriers tightly control what gets sold or not.
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