Originally Posted by rvirga
mCrem, mine also came w/o the video cable. However, the Nokia video cable (I had a couple of them, from previous phones) works fine.
I have a 16 GB unit from Norway.
Here in Indonesia, running Opera Mini, it blows away my iPhone and E70.
Our networks are oversold and we don't get 3.5G speeds anymore.
We have eleven cellular providers servicing 260 million people.
Rampant, unchecked competition in GSM and CDMA. Contracts are a curiosity. Huge market, unchecked competition, relentless pressure towards zero.
People pay cash for an unlocked phone - often used - there are very few locked phones and they are typically soon unbranded.
A no-contract culture, typically because folks without money can't be taken for that sort of a ride. Here, the the revenue downline isn't there and does not get collected.
Cellular service prices for voice and data are much, much lower as a result.
AXIS provides 3G only, but at near theoretical speeds. And even via prepaid, it's still $5 per GB.
$.03 per calling minute, free after 6th minute. Caller-pays environment.
Just tested domestic sms from one carrier to another from AXIS:
Eight tenths of a US cent per sms
International SMS is five cents and all sms is free to receive in this country.
Indonesia is world's 4th most populous country; after USA and before Russia.
If you live in a western nation and feel you're unfairly overcharged by telecom oligopolies, I can only point to the data.
The 'White Man Special' of a new, cool 'free phone' with a bracing twelve or twenty-four month ball and chain - nobody is that spendy and/or debt-seeking here.
Keep in mind I'm a white American...my unlocked iPhone eats $7/month prepaid for all I need.
The E70 $30/month postpaid as main comms platform handling all sms and ~500 minutes/month postpaid.
And the i8910 sucking plenty of 3G with Google Latitude always on, Qik uploads etc. - never more than $15/month.
Three smartphones, not a single contract.
Once you experience it, you can never go back to relationships with carriers in which they can write derogatory information in your credit record, demand $250 payments to break up, charge $.25 per incoming sms or other outrageous items.
No, they provide ala carte sms at less than a penny and outgoing calls at 3 cents, and ala carte data at $5/GB
sorry, I will end my rant against western telecom oligopolies, but reluctantly.
There is a far better way: COMPETITION with over ten significant players in the market.
Yes, the Opera Mini 4.2x will eventually choke the Java memory stack or whatever and incur 10-second delays per-press. But until that happens it is so liquid and so readable.
I bought it with really quick Opera Mini performance via 3G or 3.5G in mind, and it has delivered.
As a Qik platform it also delivers.
Anyway, anyone have a link to a PC Studio download? Getting no love from the Samsung website and the DVD on one of my machines isn't taking CDs recently.