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The americans are coming!
Now, Robert Scobble is not my favorite blogger either, but you got to admit that he has an uncanny ability to put the finger where it hurts on interesting stuff.
He has just put up a post on the Travelling Geeks site about the sad state of affairs in European mobile. Just a few years ago the americans were way behind in mobile in most every aspect. Their phones were sad little things - they only turned them on when they had to make a call outside the house. Their operators were terrible and there was no coverage anyway. And they lacked interoperability - they couldn't even send an SMS message to a someone on a different carrier. Not that they would know how to anyway.
But what is the situation now? The iPhone, Android and the Palm Pre is setting the standard. Granted that the tech press is predominantly US based and more or less blind to anything going on outside the home turf. But the press over here in Europe is touting the same. And they are rignt. Not to mention the europeans that are buying iPhone and Android phones by the boatload.
I usually am polite and say I’ve seen some stunningly cool companies, like Spotify (who won four TechCrunch Europa awards last night) but in the back of my head I remember how cocky the same entrepreneurs used to be when showing me their cell phones and noting how far ahead of the world they were. That cockiness is done and that has deep implications for entrepreneurs across Europe. They must now visit Cupertino and Mountain View to get access to customer bases.
Read the post here: Europe no longer matters to lead position in mobile.