[kwlug-disc] WIND is in K-W? [Was: Re: Windows 8 OEM specs mayblock Linux booting]

Colin K colin at void11.com
Thu Sep 22 00:46:25 EDT 2011


from what i understand about the running on different wireless frequency is
that wind is 4g where the rest of our providers are only now adapting 3g in
most places.

The nexus s almost didnt get a 4g variant but eventually google caved and
pushed a 4g model. it was just another hit against the nexus s aside from
the sd card slot and the lack there of.

On Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:11 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com> wrote:

> One appalling thing about WIND Mobile is that they run on different
> frequencies than the other major players. It is not their fault, but rather
> the government.
>
> In Europe, Africa and Asia, it would be unthinkable to have handsets that
> work with one carrier but not others. Buying a handset and getting the
> service are two separate decisions, with no tie-in whatsoever. No lock in,
> no strings.
>
> Imagine if we had handsets that are all the same frequencies, not locked in
> to a carrier, and a newcomer to the market came with a plan that is
> significantly cheaper than the incumbents? Real competition and market
> forces would be at play.
>
> Now with different frequencies, the impact of WIND and other players is not
> so much felt by the big three.
>
> In Canada, we have accepted the US model, and succumbed to the "spectrum is
> running out" fallacy.
>
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