Could a Rising iPhone Float All Boats

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on June 08, 2007

Sprint/Nextel has been more aggressive than other U.S. carriers in promoting music downloads for phones and in meeting with company representatives today for an advance look at their upcoming handsets, the thought struck me that the iPhone could actually be a good thing for some competitors.

Here’s my logic: The saturation marketing and media coverage around the iPhone’s June 29 launch is sure to raise interest in music on phones, a category that has been huge in Europe but has lagged in North America. There are bound to be a lot of potential customers who really want an iPhone, but who just can’t handle that $500 or $600 price tag. This could create a nice marketing opportunity for Sprint’s Upstage music phone. The Samsung handset is no iPhone, but you can get it for $99 with a Sprint contract—and unlike the iPhone, it can download 99-cent tracks over the air.

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charanis chiu

June 9, 2007 08:37 AM

With multi-languages voice recognition translation software loaded inside iPhone, various nations of people from around the world can talk to each other through the iPhone by pressing an icon for translation on the screen, such that all words in sentences will be immediately translated.

For example, I am a Chinese and you are American, I make a call to you, I will press the icon display as (chinese to english) on iPhone touch screen, I start talking to you real time in chinese, and you will hear my words in english that has been translated immediately.

If a French talk to a German, by pressing the icon (French to German). The French guy keep talking in french, on the other side the German will hear voice in german, the voice recognition program handle all the real time translation between each other.

If any developer will write up such kind of real time VARIOUS languages interpretation software for iPhone, this great mobile phone will sell a billion since all users do not need to learn foreign language in the first place and they still be easily able to talk to any of their friends from foreign countries any time.

Will that be great mobile phone?

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