Operators Need Very Cheap Mobile Phones More Than Vendors Do



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Much hype surrounds the ultra-low-cost mobile phone. They are important for carriers in poorer markets, but chip vendors and handset makers shouldn't expect huge returns, as annual sales won't top 100 million in the next five years.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
    • 1.0 The Need for Ultra-Low-Cost Mobile Phones
    • 2.0 Important for Operators
    • 3.0 Technology Challenges
    • 4.0 Vendor Initiatives
      • 4.1 Motorola
      • 4.2 Texas Instruments
      • 4.3 Infineon Technologies
      • 4.4 Silicon Laboratories
      • 4.5 Analog Devices
      • 4.6 Philips Semiconductors
    • 5.0 Limited Market
    • 6.0 No Significant Strategic Advantage
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