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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/13/2018 2:07:41 PM
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Re: Spell USA With or Without 5G
@elizabethv You know, that really makes sense. Some people don't really need, or want, all the bells and whistles (I'm thinking the elderly that use their phones just to keep in contact). It's such a great way of buying only what you can afford, not what technology dictates you need. 

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Ariella
Ariella
3/13/2018 11:47:52 AM
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Re: Snowball?
@elizabeth Back in November Fast Company put out a report on Apple's looking to build 5G phones with Intel chips. See https://www.fastcompany.com/40497639/source-apple-is-looking-to-intel-to-power-super-fast-5g-iphone

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afwriter
afwriter
3/12/2018 10:21:43 PM
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Re: Europe
I've only been once, recently, and they were right where we are in the US as far as I could tell. Of course, we are right on the precipice of a new era. I would venture to guess that you are right, they'll get there when they get there and it won't be too far behind everyone else. 

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afwriter
afwriter
3/12/2018 10:13:15 PM
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Re: Snowball?
Good question. How long did it take for them to adopt Near Field Communication?

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/12/2018 2:29:16 PM
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Re: Snowball?
@afwriter - It will be interesting to see where the list ends up taking smartphone technology as a whole. But what I found extremely interesting about the list is the complete lack of mention of Apple products participating in a 5G phone. I would imagine they will, but that they are absent from the list definitely makes me curious. Are they being intentionally late to the game? 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/12/2018 2:27:32 PM
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Re: Spell USA With or Without 5G
@srufolo1 - I would say the latest and top of the line cell phones are already pretty cost prohibitive. I have friends who previously tried to keep up with the latest cell phones and over the last few years have willingly downgraded to lesser phones. I attribute this in part to cost, but also because there is starting to be a pull away from technology. I saw last week there is a phone that is deliberately being released with minimal technology available. The phone allows for calls and text messages. And that's just about it. And honestly, I'm seriously considering getting one. 

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elizabethv
elizabethv
3/12/2018 2:25:08 PM
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Europe
"and Europe is in danger of lagging in deployments."

 

I always get the feeling Europe just isn't as concerned with keeping up with the Jones'. Not that they don't want to play at all, just that they don't need to make a ton of racket about being the first or the best. They generally come along at their own pace with technology that is sufficent for the needs of their people. I haven't been a in few years admittedly, but I never visited a major economic area of Europe and thought, "Gee, they sure are behind in the times."  

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srufolo1
srufolo1
3/11/2018 11:39:06 PM
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Re: Spell USA With or Without 5G
@clrmoney I agree with you that 5G could be a blessing and a curse at the same time. What will the demand for this technology really be? Many people don't like the idea of change, and the smartphones could be prohibitively expensive too. 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
3/11/2018 7:38:57 PM
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Re: Snowball?
ON the prowl as I reflected upon Sarah's Thoughts-the issue is one of cost and the viability of it for the consumer market.   

 

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afwriter
afwriter
3/9/2018 10:50:27 PM
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Snowball?
First of all, thanks for the list. Secondly, I wonder if the deployment of 5G smartphones in the U.S. will have a snowball effect and push for faster deployment into the consumer market.

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