Windows Phone users dissed by Philippine carrier

Windows Phone users dissed by Philippine carrier
It has to be a rough life for Windows Phone users. They miss out on some of the more popular apps, and by the time a version is made for the platform, the rest of the smartphone owning public is already on to the next cool app. What sucks even more is when Windows Phone becomes invisible to professionals in the industry who should know better.

Let's take Philippine carrier SMART. The mobile operator is promoting free usage of the Skype QIK app for the next three months. There is one caveat. The deal is available only for the carrier's iOS and Android totin' customers. Ironically, in the ad the carrier promotes that the app is available in the Windows Phone Store as well as the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Skype QIK first launched back in October, and replaces text messages with a short video. Group videos can also be sent. And while a thirty second commercial from SMART reiterates its availability from the Windows Phone store, you need to look at the bottom of the screen to see that the carrier's free offer is not available to Windows Phone users.

One last note of irony. In 2011 a major tech company purchased Skype for billions of dollars. The company? Microsoft.


source: WMPoweruser

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46 Comments

1. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Talk about a slap in the face.

22. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

in the Philippines there are only two GLOBAL phone makers with android OS selling its smartphones the Samsung and LG. Based on the latest report by IDC Samsung and LG are the Top2 in the Philippines not local re branded phone makers in the Philippines. for the local rebranded Cherry mobile and Myphone are the top2.

35. mimicryXD

Posts: 175; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

LG? u sure? i know its Sony

23. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

THE PHILIPPINES was Southeast Asia’s third biggest smartphone market in 2014, with 26.8 million shipped, pulling ahead of Vietnam, research firm International Data Corp. (IDC) said on Monday. IDC said in a statement that smartphone shipments in the Philippines registered 76% growth year-on-year, fueled by budget offerings from local vendors. While feature phones still made up majority of the market last year, IDC said the past months saw both local and international vendors increasingly shifting their focus toward smartphones. “Prices of smartphones continue to drop as component prices drop and original equipment manufacturers are able to produce cheaper smartphones,” the research firm said. “The narrowing price gap between smartphones and feature phones made smartphones more palatable to budget-conscious Filipino consumers, leading to the faster adoption of smartphones in 2014 compared to previous years,” IDC Philippines Market Analyst Jerome M. Dominguez said in the statement. Sub-P4,000 smartphone models accounted for more than 58% of smartphone shipments to the country last year, according to IDC. “Catching up on the smartphone craze, the Philippines is now the third largest market for smartphones in Southeast Asia, coming after Indonesia and Thailand,” Mr. Dominguez said. The Philippines, according to IDC, also became the fourth country in Southeast Asia to ship more smartphones than feature phones, after Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. During the third quarter of 2014, the Philippine smartphone market for the first time surpassed those of feature phones, the research firm said. Although most smartphone vendors grew in volume terms in 2014, local vendors managed to gain market share year-over-year, growing to 57% from 2013’s 49%. Due to stronger competition from local and Chinese vendors last year, the share of global vendors also dropped to 28% from 35%. IDC said that three local smartphone vendors made it to the top 5 in the Philippines last year in terms of unit shipments. Cherry Mobile was the top smartphone vendor last year, while MyPhone and Torque ranked 3rd and 5th, respectively. “The success of local smartphone players is an offshoot of heavy marketing, celebrity endorsements, and price-competitive offerings. Branding is critical in the Philippines,” Daniel Pang, senior research manager of the Client Devices Group at IDC Asia/Pacific, said. Among the Chinese vendors, Lenovo has the biggest share in the Philippines, taking the 4th spot. Although gaining traction in other regions, Chinese vendors that recently branched out of China, such as OPPO and Xiaomi, have yet to gain ground in the Philippines given limited brand awareness, IDC said. “Samsung still leads the pack of global vendors, followed by LG Electronics,” IDC report showed.

25. pyradark

Posts: 895; Member since: Jun 10, 2012

Why trolling? As i far as i see, Only 3 phone branded manufacturer Is on top in the philippines, Apple, Samsung and Sony. Check LG store they have a lot of air customer

26. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

check the report IDC and stop trolling!

27. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

no one buys sony mobile see the latest reports people will not believe in the word coming from a sony butt hurt there is a reliable source IDC

28. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

now atleast you know sony is dying in the Philippines many people just visiting the sony stores but they did not buy phone they just do window shopping lol “Samsung still leads the pack of global vendors, followed by LG Electronics,” IDC report showed. butt hurt? SOURCE ? click thishttp://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prTH25504815

29. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

not only in the Philippines, sony did not sell its phones infact no one buys sony phones in almost every corners of the Earth. last year sony just sold 37 million phones around the World made it to the ranked 10. while LG sold 76 million phones ranked top3 . SOURCE? IDC and STRATEGY ANALYST and others....

30. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

READ THIS VERY CAREFULLY! Samsung still leads the pack of global vendors, followed by LG Electronics. As a newcomer to the smartphone market, ASUS also gained considerable share last year. The DECLINE OF SONY of and BLACKBERRY contributed to the drop in the overall share of global vendors in the Philippine smartphone market. now you know the truth about Sony mobile in the Philippines! http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prTH25504815

34. Rexperia

Posts: 136; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

you're the pathetic Lg warrior.. SONY still doing fine here in Indonesia, I have a friend of mine who lives in Manila and he said that Xperia is more popular than ur beloved LG.. what a ridiculous survey... are you living in the Philippines or what??? try harder to find a reasonable and make sense of proof..

42. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

IN YOUR DREAM! next time provide proof and based on the reliable report not from your sony fan friends. lol learn how to provide evidence and factual reference. sony smartphone is dying and that 's the truth

33. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

dude I see more Sony users here in the philippines whether high-tier or mid-tier phones while LG is pretty much scarce, but still apple and samsung has the lion share. Please don't be such a butthurt fanboy.

44. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

sure you can see old sony phones lol we are not talking about yesterday , we are talking about today. there are many official sources and report about the market share of sony in the Philippines and based on the latest sony was declined and kicked out from the top 5 and REPLACED BY LG among Global brand smartphone in the Philippines so stop giving nonesense comment. sony smartphone was once a very popular in the Philippines but then since 2013 they started to sink...not only in the Philippines but in the whole World. so don't be such a butthurt fanboy!http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prTH25504815

45. LGisgood

Posts: 833; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

THIS IS THE LATEST AND AUTHENTIC REPORT! READ FOR YOUR SELF! this is for the PHILIPPINES! Samsung leads the pack of global vendors, followed by LG. As a newcomer to the smartphone market, Asus also gained considerable share last year. “The decline of Sony and Blackberry contributed to the drop in the overall share of global vendors in the Philippine smartphone market,” IDC says in its report. https://www.techinasia.com/samsung-loses-top-spot-philippines-smartphone-market/

2. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I've only seen windows phones and the HTC Facebook phone with Tagalog as a language option. Never on iPhone or androids (though there may be localized versions for domestic phones).

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Such a shame MS never took phones seriously. They used to bring all the good and new features of ITS f**kING OWN APPS like skype first to iOS and Android. Its like why would you touch a WP phone when you know the company isnt taking it seriously? Its a good OS for a cheap phone for someone who needs a phone to take phone calls. Anything more you have more and better choices with Android. RIP windows phones.

5. gaming64 unregistered

Windows phone will always remain inferior to Windows desktops.

36. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Hey time traveler! 2032 called, they want you back.

7. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

MS has absolutely taken phones seriously. The proof is that they have been bleeding hundreds of millions of dollars on WP instead of pulling out of the market entirely. They're just not doing a good job at it.

37. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Oh no what ever will I do! My os doesn't skype, oh wait it does. It doesn't have office, oh wait, It doesn't have keyboard/mouse oh wait. I can't.....seriously you act like it can only call. Yet somehow I have some 190 apps installed last I checked, their tech preview is about as stablebas android full release, I say that cause the Z3 needed a master reset today for a google service and contact error that wouldn't go away. Over 70% of android users will never use a tenth of what their phone can do. Well from my jobs experience that is what I notice....daily.

43. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

there martin_cooper trolling again we've already discussed the new "word and email" and whatever features didn't come out on android because 1. there is already perfectly functioning versions on these apps 2. why work on a windowsphone 8.1 when in 3 month you'll have to redesign and reoptimise the F***ing app again ?

4. gaming64 unregistered

I dont get the point of this article. In no part of the article did it mention dissed Windows Phone users. It just said how the free Skype service is only available to iOS and Android. Second, Smart is one of the best mobile cariers in the Philippines and I live here. Third, I got more dissed at this line "What sucks even more is when Windows Phone becomes invisible to professionals in the industry who should know better". It's basically saying that professional should use Windows Phone. We got our preferences ok? Plus this article is written horribly.

8. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Your obviously very young and your comprehension level hasn't yet evolved. How punt was clearly made and it doesn't have to be a DIRECT translation to the article to"make sense". So before you go talking smack check your self little man

9. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

His point**

14. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Maybe go back and check your grammar, little man. Seems that both reading comprehension and grammar go hand in hand.

6. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Slow internet connection makes it worse, 56k reliability speed. Dial up connection on a LTE network. Free internet services like these are not reliable on Smart, they throttle connection speeds for crying out loud! So Windows Phone users should not be saddened, they are not missing anything important.

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The f**k about this article I got the Skype qik available on my store who the fuck even wrote this.

12. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The article says that it is available on WP (more than once, actually). The article ALSO says that this carrier is promoting free usage of Skype Qik for Android an iOS users. Data rates still apply to WP users. Reading comprehension is fun!

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

I finally get what it was about by reading the article from main source PA WRITERS SUCKS AND THAT'S FOR REAL!!!!!

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