Has Nokia made 'pay to play' even less attractive?
August 20, 2003 11:31 AM
I'm not sure if there's some journalistic sloppiness here, or if Nokia is plain stupid, or out rightly greedy. But consider the following...
- The Nokia N-Gage will have Bluetooth local networking connectivity.
- C|Net sates that "Wireless gaming is expected to generate $8 billion a year by 2007, according to figures provided by Sega."
- C|Net also states that "N-Gage gamers will use minutes from their calling plans to play."
If playing a multiplayer game on an N-Gage, via Bluetooth is going to cost me calling-plan minutes, then the user is being ripped off, hand over fist. I assume that Bluetooth will be the method of multiplyer gaming simply because Nokia says so when they say "The Nokia N-Gage game deck enables wireless two-way gaming and multiplayer gaming via Bluetooth connection."
Bluetooth operates in the 2.4 ghz spectrum (along with cordless telephones, 802.11b and 802.11g networking gear, and baby monitors) and does not use the cellular/pcs/gsm networks, therefore, charging customers their calling plan minutes is pure and utter bullshit. I hope C|Net is has its facts mixed up.