Low Cost to No Cost

singularityhub.gifA year ago, Google was talking about the potential of a billion people using Android. Today, I came across the some signs that Android is taking hold in the developing World.

However, I don’t think the $80 Huawei IDEOS is the answer to the next billion. It’s not inexpensive enough. I purchased a HTC device from T-Mobile, off contract, last month in the UK for less. Devices need to be in the low 10s of dollars. I can see this happening.

Related to this, Microsoft/Nokia rumours predict that the next Windows Phone devices will be what they consider to be low cost. However, I think the new ‘low cost’ will be nearer ‘no cost’. Nokia and Microsoft will be chasing a moving target and that target will lead to smaller and smaller profits.