At the New York Times, Matt Richtel and Bob Tedeschi take on the puzzle, how come phone companies can charge for digital content and no one else can?
At its annual trade show in Las Vegas last week, the phone industry pushed new software stores, video players, games and content. Their efforts are based on a digital twist on Pavlov: The phone rings and we pay.
“There’s been no expectation that anything would be free,” said David Chamberlain, an analyst with In-Stat, a market research firm. “The telcos have been very careful not to give stuff away.”
By contrast, he said, “a lot of people on the Internet are wondering — why did we let all this stuff go for free?”