iPhone 4S has jolted the smartphone market with its thundering entrance. This prompts Apple’s adversaries to vamp up their efforts in taking down iPhone’s domination. Amazon has made the first move by selling more than 30 Verizon phones for a penny each?
Obviously, the deal is that customers have to sign a contract for a penny a phone deal. Nonetheless, this kind of deal is rather sweet, because a penny is something everyone hates to keep around. People rather bundle up their pennies into sticks of pennies so they can haul such pennies to banks to cash out green papers, but some people feel repulsive at the idea for they think it’s somewhat embarrassing. OK, did I digress?
Anyhow, I think Amazon has an interest in seeing Apple’s trademark products such as iPhone wane in popularity. As long Apple keeps on gaining ground in the smartphone and tablet markets, the more Amazon will be scared for Amazon has to face with the possibility that more customers will shop for ebooks and music and movies and magazines on Apple’s platforms only. Amazon is once again up to its old trick by selling things much much cheaper than its competitors could ever have done so, under any circumstance. I think Amazon hopes this will eventually weed out all competitors in price wars. This time around, Amazon means business in the context of a price war on contents.
In summary, at the agonies of Apple’s adversaries, for the limited time Amazon will sell over 30 Verizon’s phones for a penny each. This move might prevent people to become Apple’s iPhone 4S customers, because they will be bind to the contracts under Verizon’s phones. I doubt Apple will cut price, because Apple loves to think it’s above the fray — price war won’t be happening here folks! Nonetheless, Amazon might eventually give Apple a scare anyway unless Apple’s charm is too hard to beat! Even cutting prices to a penny cannot win the day?
For your information: According to PCMag, iPhone and iPad aren’t part of the deal, but Verizon’s top of the line phones will be part of the deal after all! PCMag points out that even Motorola Droid Bionic is under the deal. This phone has super fast Internet access and dual core processor. Its original price was $299 with two year contract, but now it’s a penny with a contract. So on and so on…
Somehow, Innovatio is able to go on a rampage of suing anyone who is using WiFi for infringing on certain patents that they had just recently acquired from Broadcom Corporation. Innovatio for now says they won’t set sight on everyday users yet, because they are going after hotels and coffee shops and other bigger entities that are using WiFi without the approvals of some sorts from Innovatio. Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions, Inc. ask the Delaware federal court to declare the patents Innovatio had that are in relation to WiFi as invalid patents.
Even a tiny possibility that Innovatio might get its way of declaring that everyone who has WiFi is infringing on its patents, you and I will be liable to certain penalties. Imagine how many people like you and I are using WiFi as we speak! How about the people from all over the world! This makes me wonder — Can U.S. patents in relation to WiFi command any dictation over the WiFi usage outside of the United States? You know?
If patents of WiFi that cannot dictate certain terms for the rest of the world but only within U.S., and yet WiFi is so widely use that one can make an analogy of it to utility, isn’t this unfair for the WiFi users within the U.S.? Can that point alone make the idea of having patent on something as utility as purely impractical and will lead to chaos within the information industry? Can that point alone justify the idea of having patents for WiFi — which parallels to how Cisco Systems and Motorola Solutions, Inc.’s calling for Delaware federal court to declare Innovatio’s WiFi patents to be invalid — to be abolished?
I think this case of Innovatio’s rampage on demanding for compensations on WiFi’s patents might fervently bring forth some of those mystical patent arguments, whether that be the arguments of patents on innovations that can be categorized as utility type or on something else which isn’t yet clearly defined at this point in time. I’m certainly not in any position to argue on patents of anything, because I have no experience in this particular field at all. Nonetheless, using common sense, I think WiFi users should not bear even the slightest responsibility of compensating for the infringement of WiFi patents, because after all users have had actually paid for WiFi products — agreeing that the makers of WiFi routers and so on to already price in the costs of patent licensing. I insist that this is absurd and beyond my common sense! What do you think?