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To be fair the most popular device of this type must be the Kindle, which has been around for a while now but of course is invisible outside the USA. I'm still stunned that they could have been so short-sighted as to not build a GSM/3G version.

They must have got a really good deal on CDMA EVDO access, but they cut their potential market to shreds. And the second version is the same.

The tyranny of CDMA means even people in countries with CDMA networks (all 3 of them remaining...) can't buy a Kindle and expect it to work because the operators have complete control over which devices are enabled to work on their network. Sort of like an EIR in white-listing mode. There are reasons, but some of them are technical and others are "we sell more phones".

Back on topic, I think the Kindle shows that this kind of device can be very successful. Operators need to move from the business model of charging for a connection in any form though (the connection can't expire like prepaid either).



Thanks for commenting. True, the Kindle is there as well, how could I forget. Must be the non-American approach :-)

But seriously, you are right, very similar concept, especially concerning no need for a physical distribution channel for the content.

A difference: While the Kindle is for a high income country, the Zeebo addresses emerging markets.


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