Dana Blankenhorn writes:
Mobile phones are what the Internet was because the industry lives in dog years.
The difference is that while the Internet was defined by server software, mobile phone change is driven by devices.
The specific phone you have defines everything about your mobile experience. What you can do, where you can do it, and what you can buy are all defined by the particular phone in your hand at any one time.
So, unlike the situation on the Internet, not everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is in the same year.
If you want to be in this business you have to be up-to-date with it. That means having the latest phone in your hand, the fastest network available. That is the state of the art.
But it’s important to understand this if you’re trying to analyze the market. Unlike the Internet in the 1990s, not everyone is doing the same thing in the mobile universe. Not everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is living in the same dog year.
I agree. When I bought the Nokia 6600 a few months ago, it made me think about the mobile world very differently.