Re: Products become Services
We're living in an age where a £30 PC can run a GUI desktop and traditional office applications, as well as playing HD video.
Phones, likewise. I'm seeing more 'bought outright' phones amongst Joe Public, like the One+ and Cubot, and also people keeping their 2-4 year-old phone and switching to a 'SIM only tariff'. At the moment, to tide me over 'til I can afford a new screen for my 'proper' phone, I'm using an Android 4 phone purchased unlocked from Sainsbury's for £25*.
For sure, there are parts of the world where £25 is still a hefty investment, but not in the markets that have bought IT gear to date.
*It makes phones calls clearly. Android instates my contacts without fuss. Battery is pretty good. It lets me text and email. All in all, a handy spare to keep around. Alacatel Pixi 3.