Month: November 2009

Going to Japan

Leaving for Japan tomorrow with a couple of friends. It’s a trip we’ve talked about for the last two years but never got around to actually booking until now. Long-time readers will remember that I set up a wiki on this domain back in 2007 for notes on things to see/eat in Tokyo. I think we cancelled for a number of reasons, one of them probably being that I’d just left my job and wasn’t sure what I was going to do. Coincidentally, one of us going on this trip has just quit his. Some people like to go on long, liberating holidays after quitting. I’m far too conservative with money for that. Oh did I mention that I’ve just bought a new camera for this trip? I really didn’t need it, because I’ve still got my Panasonic Lumix LX3, which is by far the best non-SLR digital camera I’ve ever owned, apart from being a bit of a fatty. The Sony WX1, on the other hand, is as small as my Canon IXUS 80, but with …

M1, StarHub, and Apple’s iPhone exclusivity

Using network growth to fight Android’s ubiquity Earlier today, StarHub announced their plans to offer the iPhone before the end of the year. Set aside for a moment that feeling of deja vu, when it does happen, Singapore will be one of few countries (if not the only?) to have the iPhone on all its nationwide carriers. I’m not interested in the telco strategy here, which is obviously to prevent bleeding customers over to the other guy with the iPhones. Apple seems to be doing this all across its international markets. In the UK, O2 lost its exclusive rights after about two years, and you can now get the smartphone from Vodafone too. AT&T loses its three-year rights next June. I see that as the deadline for these expansion plans. Apple appears to be expanding its reach in anticipation of June, which will likely bring a new iPhone model that could possibly work with another major US carrier’s network. Or two. The iPhone’s current greatest weakness isn’t the lack of a physical keyboard, camera flash, …