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This is a proposal from people whom do not understand consumer electronics or economics. Who in the world would want to repair a 7, 6 or even 5 year old phone or tablet? The repair cost would exceed the device value or at best be a wash. Typical European government wanting to interfere with the free market - the nanny state always goes too far. Do these “geniuses” ever think that maybe one could buy a used 6 year old phone or tablet for a lot less than it would take to repair the same device. This is a brain dead proposal from the Germans.
racerhomie3 said:seanismorris said:I haven’t seen a iPod in the wild for about 4-5 years, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I never see one again.
With all the “buy one, get one free” deals or “free iPhone with new line” the iPod is irrelevant.
The only reason Apple bothers is because the margins are through the roof for the old tech...
curtis hannah said:GeorgeBMac said:This would be a great time for Apple to abandon the annual media circus it holds every September. The circus like atmosphere and the build up create what is invariably disappointment in what are always great products -- if for no other reason than the build up combined with media's penchant for reporting negativity rather than positivity.
For myself, It is time to upgrade at least one of our phones. But there is no way that I would want to buy a phone that is soon to be obsolete. That is my feeling and I can pretty much guarantee that will be the feeling in the media as well. People just don't keep phones for a year or two anymore and the media will be merciless if Apple tries to pawn a 4G phone off on us.
But, on the other hand, I wouldn't hesitate to wait a few months till Apple can come out with a product I would want to live with for the next 4-5 years. If Apple does decide to go ahead with its September circus, then I assume they will announce a 5G phone that will soon be available. Otherwise...
As far as whether you'll upgrade or not. I have determined I'll be happy to keep my now 4 year old phone every year now that they don't go to 5G, as that is $1000 that isnt needed to be spent and would inevitably save $1000 down the line assuming it pushes my future upgrades linearly. Your needs and though of course might well not be that.
mknelson said:lkrupp said:I’m not the least bit worried about Warren’s plan ever becoming law. She’s a radical with radical, untenable ideas, as is AOC.
1982… that was while Reagan was president…
boltsfan17 said:GeorgeBMac said:I have always been in favor of net neutrality -- enforced by government. The idea of "government control of the internet is as ridiculous as government control of any utility. The regulations are there to insure a fair shake for consumers and effective management of national infrastructure, nothing more, nothing less. But, that was all "back in the day" of internet being delivered over coax, FiOS, and LTE.
With the advent of 5G that could all change. Not only does 5G have the capacity to replace most or all of today's conventional delivery methods, but 5G can be software targeted to deliver pinpoint accuracy for critical functions like remote surgery and self-driving or remotely driven vehicles -- and a ton more.
I think this whole thing needs to be thought through as to how it will be used, how it fits into and supports critical U.S. infrastructure, and who says which resources get which resources? For instance: Do you trust Verizon to provide and decide how much you pay for remote surgery over their network? What will stop them from price gouging based on willingness to pay -- the same as Big Pharma does for life saving critical medications? Or say, your self driving car travels from the area covered by your Verizon network into AT&T's -- can AT&T then charge you a "roaming fee"?
The free market works and when it gets out of balance it will correct itself, it always does. The fantastic internet we have today was created because we didn’t have policies like net neutrality (56kb modems to 200Mb in 20 years at roughly the same price that’s amazing and transformative). The people who are the marketplace not the govt knows what’s best so please stop supporting the asinine idea of net neutrality because you think someone may throttle your BW.