View Poll Results: How much would you be willing to pay?

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  • $1 to $5

    6 9.38%
  • $6 to $10

    2 3.13%
  • $11 to $15

    1 1.56%
  • $16 to $20

    2 3.13%
  • $21 to $25

    3 4.69%
  • $25+

    1 1.56%
  • Nothing. Updates should be free.

    49 76.56%
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  1.    #1  
    Just read this editorial on Engadget and the writer brings up some good points. I definitely recommend reading this.

    So, would you pay for future webOS updates? I'm sure if HP was making money off them, they would push them out faster and with more content. Also, how much would you be willing to pay?

    Editorial: Should your next mobile OS update cost you? -- Engadget
    Last edited by HelloNNNewman; 11/08/2010 at 02:43 PM. Reason: title changed per OP
  2. #2  
    there is only so much that can be added . You eventually reach a maximum that can be added anyways. Free is what I say. I did not read the article either , maybe after work.
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  3. #3  
    Hellz No. I don't care how significant they are. These are features the phone should have had in the first place.
  4. #4  
    If you charge for updates you will splinter your OS. Take a look at what happened when the bright people at Apple tried to charge for an update with the iPod Touch... even 10 bucks is too much when you are used to free.
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  5. #5  
    they get money in the form of a cut of paid apps, not os update. Os update is to enable more feature's/apps.

    if you charge for os update, then I think all apps should b free, subsadized by the os update. So the way it is now is best.
  6. #6  
    Updates should be free, period. A company should support/update their software/os for free, I've already paid for it once.
  7. #7  
    Quote Originally Posted by mjkjr View Post
    Updates should be free, period. A company should support/update their software/os for free, I've already paid for it once.
    But when you buy software for your desktop you get charged take photoshop or any other software most charge for a vers change, granted it's "discounted" but you still get charged.

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  8.    #8  
    Quote Originally Posted by mjkjr View Post
    Updates should be free, period. A company should support/update their software/os for free, I've already paid for it once.
    What about when a device gets discontinued? For example: The Sprint Pre. How long should Palm be required to provide free updates for a device that is already so old (in terms of average smartphone life)? What if 2.0 is the last update for the Pre/Plus?

    Paid updates would guarantee that we still get updates in the future (as long as we met the system requirements).

    With mobile hardware innovations pretty much at a standstill, it's all about software now.
  9. #9  
    The issue is whether or not charging for updates increases their regularity. I don't buy that. With new handsets each year that you don't get for free, they are already in essence charging for updates.

    This is all played out by the fact that 70 percent or more smartphone users will buy the latest and greatest each year they are eligible.

    If they want to make sure users have to get a new handset, don't provide legacy updates.....

    Yeah, that will go over well.
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  10. #10  
    Six words counting these ones.....NO.
  11. #11  
    Huh? I've always payed for them.
  12.    #12  
    Quote Originally Posted by RUSH View Post
    Hellz No. I don't care how significant they are. These are features the phone should have had in the first place.
    Not quite true. When you buy a smartphone, do you enter into a contract that requires Palm to provide you with free updates and added features? You buy a phone "as is". It's not smart to buy a phone in hopes the features you want are added in the future for free.
  13. #13  
    Yeah, I don't buy the fact that updates should be free because they are pushing out new features. They should be free to create brand loyalty.

    You can cut out legacy updates if you want because it will only tick off 30 percent of the users that keep their phones longer than a year.

    Charging for updates is one surefire way to make sure your new OS does not get accepted by the users at large.

    If that is so, then who will do your Beta Testing.
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  14.    #14  
    Quote Originally Posted by pogeypre View Post
    The issue is whether or not charging for updates increases their regularity. I don't buy that. With new handsets each year that you don't get for free, they are already in essence charging for updates.

    This is all played out by the fact that 70 percent or more smartphone users will buy the latest and greatest each year they are eligible.

    If they want to make sure users have to get a new handset, don't provide legacy updates.....

    Yeah, that will go over well.
    I think that if a company was charging for updates, they would be working harder on improving an OS. With updates being free, they have much less incentive to innovate.
  15. #15  
    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett92C View Post
    I think that if a company was charging for updates, they would be working harder on improving an OS. With updates being free, they have much less incentive to innovate.
    If free updates are inhibitive to innovation, why have we seen a great many OS updates from Palm?

    Using the great Satan as an example, how has free updates slowed down iOS innovation?
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  16.    #16  
    Quote Originally Posted by pogeypre View Post
    If free updates are inhibitive to innovation, why have we seen a great many OS updates from Palm?

    Using the great Satan as an example, how has free updates slowed down iOS innovation?
    I meant that if a company charged for updates, there would be more incentive to innovate. Money makes things happen lol
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  17. #17  
    Charging for updates would also create another problem. There are always some people who can't afford to spend the extra money, regardless of how cheap it is.

    I have a friend who saves up for her phones for a long time, it would be a real problem if she had to pay more for each update.

    Regardless of the reasoning, it would start scaring some people away.
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  18. #18  
    Also, if the Great Satan doesn't charge for updates and you do, you are in real trouble.

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  19.    #19  
    Quote Originally Posted by pogeypre View Post
    Also, if the Great Satan doesn't charge for updates and you do, you are in real trouble.

    That's why Apple should start it first. Once they do, then it will be perfectly acceptable to charge for updates lol
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  20. #20  
    Quote Originally Posted by Garrett92C View Post
    That's why Apple should start it first. Once they do, then it will be perfectly acceptable to charge for updates lol
    Except Apple already experimented with that once on the iTouches and decided NOT to continue that practice.

    You also have to look to the benefits of not forcing people to pay for updates. If you force people to pay for updates then you have to continue to support the older versions of the software with security updates and tech support. If you make the major version upgrades free then you don't need to continue providing support for older versions.
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