A Skype felvásárlás és a különleges Nokia kapcsolat a mobil szolgáltatók uralmának végét jelenti? (Is Microsoft trying to end the reign of mobile carriers? (MSFT+Skype+Nokia) [May 17, 2011])
With all the advancements made to mobile phones in the past ten years, the part that’s been woefully slow to improve is the act of calling. Making calls, placing calls, searching for signal and scrimping minutes hasn’t changed much since the mobile phone came out, because carriers have little incentive to innovate. Mobile carriers make their money either way, and ‘innovation’ comes down to increasing the bottom line, whether it’s charging $1,300/megabyte for text messages or adding 20 seconds of instructions on how to leave a voicemail so that the carrier might get an extra minute’s revenue.
If technology or product companies were in control of the full telecom stack, you’d be able to get caller ID data for incoming cellphone calls. You’d be able to see someone’s availability before you call them, and that availability could be controlled by the user or automatically by time of day, location, current calling status (“Kevin is currently on the phone.”) You’d see robust competition producing a hundred other innovations to make calling a reasonable mode of communications again.
To create a new full mobile pipeline you’d need to control the mobile phone hardware, the mobile OS, and the carrier.
Microsoft has a good mobile OS, they just bought a soft carrier in Skype, and whether the rumors of a potential acquisition of Nokia pan out or not, Microsoft’s recent deal with Nokia seems to go beyond a simple OS licensing agreement. If Microsoft is trying to turn the cellular industry on end, it’ll start out with Nokia hardware built to Microsoft specifications.
The next five years are going to see as much innovation in the way we make and take calls as the last five have seen in how we use our phone for data. It’s about damned time.
Kevin Fox (Principal UX Designer for Mozilla Labs)
Mr. Ballmer also acknowledged some telecom carriers are concerned about a potential drain on their business from Skype, which Microsoft this month said it plans to acquire for $8.5 billion—although he also rejected those concerns as unwarranted.
On Skype, Mr. Ballmer said Microsoft is likely to integrate “real [Internet Protocol]-based communication into a phone,” though the company would need regulatory approval first and some telecom operators “want to make sure that that’s not the only phone we offer.” Skype lets users make phone calls via Internet networks, which some operators worry could enable users to avoid paying operator fees.
Mr. Ballmer dismissed those concerns. “The fact of the matter is, the best thing for the phone companies, the best thing for the consumer, the best thing for us, will be to innovate in the future of communication,” he said.
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