Reactions From Other People to News of OpenMoko
openmoko at flemingwilliams.co.uk
Fri Jan 26 09:39:54 CET 2007
Bryan Fink wrote:
> Answers of the, "So I know exactly what my phone is doing at all times
> - no secrets," variety typically get you labeled paranoid. Answers of
> the, "Because I will be able to modify absolutely anything about it,"
Really interesting thread, Bryan - and definitely worth thinking about,
because the 'pitch' to different types of people (developers, early
adopting consumers, businesses, mass market) will certainly have to vary!
I'd make one comment on the quote above. I agree that most people would
tend to dismiss unspecified fears ("this bit of hardware might be doing
something behind my back!"). But if you tie that to a more specific
example, it might help to get the concept across. I usually point out
how the priorities of end users and those of operators differ: and it's
the operators who are the manufacturer's biggest customers. For example,
some phones put "Send an MMS" above "Send an SMS" on a menu: very few
MMSs are sent in comparison to texts, but the operators are keen to
encourage take-up. Or another example: there's no technical reason why
you can't use any MP3 you've transferred to your phone as a ringtone.
But allowing that would limit a lucrative market, so most phones prevent it.
It'd be interesting to start collecting ideas of potential ways to
express the benefits to different types of customer: who would be most
interested in what type of message? When I get a minute over the
weekend, I'll add some thoughts to the wiki (which might need a
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