Why are some phones only released in some territories? Wouldn't it be more cost effective to just release the same phone everywhere? Thinking about phones like the Droid Turbo, HTC J Butterfly...
JanSt / MOD
Nov. 12, 2014 at 12:41
In the past certain devices were region specific for technical or legal reasons.
Years ago, Japan and other areas got stunning devices with built-in TV tuners.
Lovely phones with BIIIIG screens when we thought 2.8 inchers were mahaaaaaassive!
But regulations in the 'west' made those devices useless.
More recently: HTC launched the Htc One M8 for Windows (Windows Phone) only in the USA.
Why? They won't say, but I guess they did that because the M8 won awards, and WP struggles in the USA. Microsoft's hometurf. The one area where they struggle. So: how about, "Htc, you give us a desirable WP handsets for our yankie doodles". But don't p*ss in our Lumia pool abroad, right?! I'm sure MS made Htc an offer not to be refused
There are probably more examples: network frequencies. Etc... And dealings we may not ever hear about.
But clearly - Apple, e.g., shows how effective and profitable it is to launch more or less identical devices all over the planet.
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