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Europeans giving up their mobile phones

0. phoneArena posted on 22 Jun 2012, 08:34

Why are European mobile phone users suddenly giving up their once treasured handsets? Spain alone saw 380,000 lines dropped in April alone and France will see a drop in the number of mobile phones sold this year to the lowest number in some time...

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posted on 22 Jun 2012, 08:57 13

1. wendygarett (unregistered)

Alert Apple!!! Europeans giving up iPhones as well...

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 09:09 4

2. mercorp (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

I hope those europeans give their phones to me for freee.

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 19:11

16. hepresearch (unregistered)

Do I detect a clip from Adam Sandler's "Bedtime Stories" shining through?

"Are you going to sell me your Ferrari... for FREEEE???"

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 09:57 2

3. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

yeah, you would hope that pesky things like food and homes would come before things like movies (which I read is also suffering in the hardest hit sections in Europe) and Phones. Tough conditions right now.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 10:08 2

4. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Here in the US too, sales have dropped considerably. Our REAL not manipulated unemployment rate right now hovers around 15 to 17%. When people have to decide between having groceries for the next two weeks or sending 150.00 to a carrier, how do you think they decide?

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 16:30

11. items17070 (Posts: 70; Member since: 20 Dec 2011)

absolutely right! i will give up the money hungry cell phone!, but i REFUSE to give up my FILET MIGNON! ;-)

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 23:53

13. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

My Moto Triumph monthly bill is only $25. I never understood why people believe it is better to pay $80 or more a month over a two-year contract just to have a carrier subsize a phone by $300 or more.

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 15:16

15. hobble (Posts: 130; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)

Nationally USA's unemployment rate is hovering around 8%. Quit listening to fox news and do some research, you are making yourself sound like a fool to informed folks.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 10:26 5

5. metoyou (Posts: 279; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

...Now I feel a little guilty! cuz I just bought a new shiny S3
Born and raise in Asia, I know how hard it is when this hit you, Hope they recover soon. god bless them

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 10:45 3

6. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

Better to put Samsung phones in dust bin. Here s3 gave lot of problem. First it launched too expensive and giving lot of problem. Its failed in India. Don't purchase other people also. Hate Samsung.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 21:01

12. JunitoNH (Posts: 1934; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)

Yes been reading of all the problems associated with this phone, including inability to dial out. I'll wait two months for reviews of actual users; remember GNx the piece of junk in turned out to be, everyone at Verizon trying to get rid of it.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 11:04 2

7. Caralho (Posts: 119; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)

This sucks

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 12:37 1

9. Leo_MC (Posts: 2677; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

No, this is a good thing.
I never had more that 1 mobile phone but most of the people arround me have 2. When 1 is personal and the other is a business phone, it's understandable, but when both are personal phones, maybe on the same network, it's just stupid.

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 15:04

10. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Haha. Like your avatar. You from Portugal, Brazil?

posted on 22 Jun 2012, 11:05

8. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Nice avatar!!! lol

posted on 23 Jun 2012, 13:28

14. hepresearch (unregistered)

When this starts happening wholesale in the US, then we will know that things are just as bad here, too. I am among the 'actual' 15 to 17% unemployed, and have been without work for more than 18 months now, without any unemployment benefits whatsoever the entire time, and I carry a $9.99 add-on line to my parents' Nationwide 550 plan. I get to use the free nights and weekends, and use their scrap monthly minutes each month, for that price, which really isn't too shabby. It is nothing like the smartphone data plans and stuff I used to use like crazy on more than one carrier at a time for a few years, back in the day, so when it comes to this behavior in Europe, I can say I have already been there and done that. For being a 'westerner', I have cut almost all excess I could think of out of my life.

posted on 24 Jun 2012, 11:03

17. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)

I think you are getting the wrong impression here. In Europe was quiet common to have multiple phones due to better deals for carrier to carrier rates. I guess much of the people are simply deciding which one to keep.
Also the carrier subsidized phones were never that big of a deal so everybody is trying to make use of their phone as best and as long possible. We do not have that big consumerism society.

posted on 25 Jun 2012, 06:23

18. imran_khan0786 (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

I never trust on Samsung.

posted on 26 Jun 2012, 23:12

19. dmckay12 (Posts: 243; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)

I am not surprised that the French are giving up something.

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