Pocketnow Weekly 099: Amazon's smartphone, iOS 8, & GSM Nation's CEO on the future of unlocked phones
iOS 8 is here –in Beta form, at least– and (surprise, surprise) we've got some opinions. For the last Weekly podcast to begin with a "0," we bring in the big guns to discuss Apple's new platform: a four-man team that includes our resident iOS experts, one of whom joins in from the blazing heat of a car baking in the North Carolina sun just to tell us his take on the iPhone 6 and how it will/won't/might end up being a phablet.
Of course we don't stop with Apple: a panoply of mobile devices, from the LG G3 to the Galaxy S5 Active to the Motorola X+1, awaits our speculation, adulation, and condemnation ... and when the dust settles from all that, we finally get around to something important: a peek behind the scenes at the operations of a leading smartphone retailer. GSM Nation co-founder and CEO Ahmed Khattak joins us to talk about the future of unlocked smartphone sales in the US and beyond!
All that, plus a some thinly veiled references to body powder and the usual helping of presumption and pretension, await you on episode 099 of the Pocketnow Weekly! Send feedback, questions, and requests to podcast [AT] pocketnow [DOT] com. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Google Plus to stay apprised of the latest episodes. Tell your friends about the show so we don't have to do a telethon to stay on the air. And thanks for listening!Pocketnow Weekly episode 099
Ahmed Khattak, co-founder and CEO of GSM Nation
LG G3 arriving now!
Galaxy S5 Active arriving now!
Lumia 630 arriving now!
Tune in next week for Episode 100 of the Weekly, featuring Brandon Miniman!
Thought Thread (00:10:22)
Since you want succinct questions I took that up as a challenge to write one in the form of a haiku. So here it goes:
What reasons are there to switch
We sit down with GSM Nation founder and CEO Ahmed Khattak to talk about what's right and wrong with the unlocked smartphone space, why he decided to reinvent it, and what's coming next for those who don't want contracts with their mobile phones.
It may just sound like a ringtone to you, but our transition music track ("Radiation") is a real song, from a real album, by a real artist: Ali Spagnola. You can download that album, along with many others, at Ali's website here, visit her YouTube page here, and follow her on Twitter here!
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