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Korean carriers turn down Nexus S, say iPhone not at risk

updated 08:50 am EST, Fri December 31, 2010

Korea snubs Nexus S over Google control, iPhone

Korean cell carriers are turning down the Nexus S both because of Google's control but also because of Apple, insider tips said late Thursday. Both KT and SK Telecom are reportedly upset that Google's insistence on a pure Android experience won't let them promote their own proprietary apps and services. Google's control of the marketing for the Android 2.3 flagship also wouldn't give them the marketing angle they would like, Korea Times had heard.

The iPhone is also cited as a reason for the lack of any plans. Even SK Telecom, which has often had Nexus S maker Samsung's blessing as the anti-iPhone carrier, reportedly doesn't believe that the official Google phone would have any effect. "The Nexus S won't make a huge impact enough to break the current iPhone stronghold," an anonymous official from the carrier said.

KT has still said it has "no plans," but its position may be mixed. Most of its smartphone performance is based on the iPhone, but it was the only carrier to sell the Nexus One in Korea. The Android device has sold at much lower levels, at 50,000 units since July, but KT is believed willing to keep talking with Google to "recover ailing corporate ties" with Samsung. The local electronics giant has allegedly been abusing its dominant position to retaliate against KT for iPhone competition, such as by withholding better phones and dictating harsh marketing requirements.

The absence of HDMI video out and a microSDHC slot were similarly cited as factors in a Korean market that often favors feature-heavy devices, but it's not certain how likely this might be given that the iPhone has thrived without either. Samsung's Galaxy S has sold very well in the country despite the absence of HDMI.

The similarity between the Nexus S and the Galaxy S may ultimately be the main factor, as the Nexus S' primary advantages are mostly limited to its newer, unmodified OS, its front-facing camera and its support for NFC wireless.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. patrix

    Junior Member

    Joined: Sep 2006

    +3

    google control?

    So they say no cuz they can't put bloatware, but say yes to Apple even though they can't put bloatware???? Weird.

  1. Telekinesis

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Mar 2009

    +3

    Thanks google.

    Translation :waaaa we wanna fill their phones wih c***/bloat-ware that constantly runs and hogs resources waaaaaaa" Thank you google for not being douches. Seriously people own their phones get that s*** off of it!

  1. jbelkin

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    Joined: Sep 2003

    -3

    Android 2nd Tier OS

    After 3 years, all telcos realize that Android is a fine free but second tier OS incapable of driving business beyond the typical bargain hunters willing to use any OS as long as it's free/$.01 ... basically Android has replaced Symbian and it's a smartphone so it's pulling in more revenue for telcos but consumers resist paying more than BOGO or $.01 for the phone ... unlike the iPhone which brings in $299 (or equivilient overseas) throughout the life of the phone (+ subsidizes to Apple) but with more customer loyalty. The turnover rate of an iphone customer is under 10% - android phones are around 30% and a fully 50% of android users say their next phone will be an iphone. Now along with trojans and viruses plus the unfixable texting bug (texts will go to a random user in your address book) shows the separation of a professional OS company (apple) and solid copycat (google & android) ... a fine free or $.01 mobile OS but you get what you pay for ... so there's no real for the Korean telcos to back an expensive OS still working out bugs that Apple resolved years if not decades ago (been working on OSes since the mid 1970's).

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