Originally Posted by solipsism
There are different dynamics at play here.
All true. But respectfully, that wasn't my intended point. To the extent that I had a point — albeit a painfully weak and only tangentially related one —*it was that there does seem to be a little bit of … I'm not even sure what to call it. Calling it racism is absurdly hyperbolic, and calling it nationalism makes it sound quaint … in addition to being hyperbolic. Maybe call it short-sightedness. I was curious whether anybody out there held the position that Apple needs to get on Verizon for the US market, but that China Mobile can go swing, and if so, why.
Not everything is technological in nature. Sometimes the question of whether a company should make compromises to sell into China has social or even political dimensions that dwarf the Mr. Spock logic of the situation.
Originally Posted by benice
One carrier developed their GSM network next to their CDMA infrastructure in around 12 months.
Not sure who you're referring to here. Are you talking about AT&T? They bought Cingular, which had previously been Southwestern Bell Wireless, which had a CDMA network. I remember it well, because I was a long-time Southwestern Bell Wireless-then-later-Cingular customer when the buy-out happened. It was actually kind of an awful experience. AT&T maintained separate networks (code-named "blue" for GSM and "orange" for CDMA). They had separate price structures for GSM and CDMA customers, would only honor advertised bargains for GSM customers, even had entirely separate customer service databases. There were many, many times I called up with a problem or question and had to sit on hold for many minutes while they went down to the basement and found the musty orange file folder with my name on it, or whatever they had to do.
I wanted out badly,
mostly because at the time the whole idea of "rollover minutes" was a new thing, and AT&T was offering the option …*but only to their GSM customers. As a CDMA customer, I couldn't get it. I had to pay more per month for fewer minutes on my account. What about switching to a GSM account, I asked? Not only did they want to charge me full retail price for the new phone I'd have to get, they wanted to charge me a cancellation fee
to get out of my then-current CDMA contract! All so I could start another contract with the same company!
It was a mess. I finally got out of it when the iPhone was announced. By that time my contract had finally expired, and AT&T (expecting people to do just what I did) had a system in place to move existing CDMA accounts over to the GSM system. It took several hours, but my iPhone bleeped at me later that day and told me I was all set. I've been a very satisfied AT&T customer ever since.
Transitioning from one established standard to another is hard. But I really wish it could happen across the globe. I mean, the situation right now is like there are two major Internet protocols, and you can't use them both from one computer. You have to either buy this
type of laptop or that
type of laptop, and neither can connect to the other Internet. And if you happen to move from a town where one type of Internet is most common to a town where the other type is most common, well screw you, you're going to have to buy a new laptop. It stinks.
And that goes for China Mobile as well as Verizon.