Two Weeks and Nothing?

I’ve been away for a week (because I moved house); and it’s all been a bit hectic! Unfortunately I didn’t have the internet for about two weeks, and thus I’ve been cut out of the online world of MIR.

So when I got my connection back some time late last week, I was mildly hoping to see something massively interesting to inspire me to write about; some major piece of news – I mean it’s nearly Christmas after all – or just something that might catch my eye.

Now even on my trawl across the internet in search of mobile news, and the latest goings-on in this brilliant segment of society and business I was expecting something.

Did I?
No.

Am I happy?
No.

You see, even I, a relatively technological “young” person/student, who has a keen interest in the world around me, and with Christmas looming just around the corner, just something eh?

Well, apparently not.

Now maybe some good news, and/or surprises are waiting around the corner for the New Year; or maybe something spectacular will happen in the after-Christmas sales. Needless to say though, I was expecting some major news about something; a big price cut, or some other form of attempt to gain more consumer interest in this very dismal financial situation.

I know I’ve said numerous times now about the lack of real spark at the moment, and the generally poor attempts at gaining custom; and although nothing major, I’m quite amazed at how little I’ve read about anything enticing me – as a probable and likely customer – to go and spend money.

Maybe I’m wrong in my presumptions that the mobile market is avoiding the “Credit Crunch” and that when I walked down my high street the other day, Phones4U, CPW, O2, Three, and the numerous other shops which hoard the high street were meant to be relatively empty on a busy Thursday leading up to Christmas?

Hmm…

Well, I’ll try not to be so pessimistic, and I will believe that someone somewhere is planning something out to ensure that the mobile industry remains in-tact.

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9 Responses to Two Weeks and Nothing?

  1. Ewan @ MIR December 17, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    I felt that the other week Samantha. I looked across the market and thought 'hmm… is that it?'

    And alas, it is. We saw all the rather swift new announcements way back in October from most of the networks. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next… and I hope it's exciting. The next iPhone? We should be due some kind of hints in the new year. The next big Android handset is another…

  2. ocifant December 17, 2008 at 7:51 am #

    Far be it for me to scare-monger, but when I was asking about an upgrade in a T-Mobile shop recently, I was told to wait till the new year. When I asked why, expecting an enticing snippet, I was told it was because T-Mob have exceeded their budget for upgrades this year.

    That's the second time I've heard that story, so there must be some truth in it, but what a crazy industry if I can walk in and open up a new account and get a free phone, but can't arrange an advantageous upgrade to my existing contract! – In fact when I took out my current contract I took a new phone and number because they wouldn't upgrade my previous account. They then contacted me, advising me to return the new phone and cancel the contract and they'd send out an equivalent upgrade to me!

    Total madness, and they deserve all they get, IMO.

  3. goodygoody2 December 17, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    I have to agree it does all seem rather stale out there at the moment….. 🙁

    One thing that never fails to astound me is how during these harder times large companies get into cost cutting mode which in real terms kills most innovation!! It would be nice if someone thought outside the box and didnt follow the “business for idiots” manual and rather than cut cost, either keep or increase spend in new products and services otherwise I think we are doomed to spend the next few years getting re-hash after re-hash of services and products…

    How glum 🙁

  4. Mike42 December 17, 2008 at 10:46 am #

    INQ1?

  5. Mike42 December 17, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    INQ1?

    Especially at student-friendly prices.

    Would love to hear feedback from da kidz.

  6. Ewan December 17, 2008 at 1:27 pm #

    I felt that the other week Samantha. I looked across the market and thought 'hmm… is that it?'

    And alas, it is. We saw all the rather swift new announcements way back in October from most of the networks. I'm looking forward to seeing what's next… and I hope it's exciting. The next iPhone? We should be due some kind of hints in the new year. The next big Android handset is another…

  7. ocifant December 17, 2008 at 1:51 pm #

    Far be it for me to scare-monger, but when I was asking about an upgrade in a T-Mobile shop recently, I was told to wait till the new year. When I asked why, expecting an enticing snippet, I was told it was because T-Mob have exceeded their budget for upgrades this year.

    That's the second time I've heard that story, so there must be some truth in it, but what a crazy industry if I can walk in and open up a new account and get a free phone, but can't arrange an advantageous upgrade to my existing contract! – In fact when I took out my current contract I took a new phone and number because they wouldn't upgrade my previous account. They then contacted me, advising me to return the new phone and cancel the contract and they'd send out an equivalent upgrade to me!

    Total madness, and they deserve all they get, IMO.

  8. goodygoody2 December 17, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

    I have to agree it does all seem rather stale out there at the moment….. 🙁

    One thing that never fails to astound me is how during these harder times large companies get into cost cutting mode which in real terms kills most innovation!! It would be nice if someone thought outside the box and didnt follow the “business for idiots” manual and rather than cut cost, either keep or increase spend in new products and services otherwise I think we are doomed to spend the next few years getting re-hash after re-hash of services and products…

    How glum 🙁

  9. Mike42 December 17, 2008 at 4:46 pm #

    INQ1?

    Especially at student-friendly prices.

    Would love to hear feedback from da kidz.

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