1. Marc_Paradise's Avatar
    I've no experience or knowledge when it comes to supply chain management, so please someone correct me if I'm wrong.

    It seems that by providing carrier-radio-frequency specific builds for every carrier under the sun (or at least the 6-8 distinct models that this results in) BBRY is incurring more cost than they would be just including the radios and selling a single device to everyone.

    Yes, the radios cost more - but the flip side of that is managing stock for each model. They can't manufacture x million Z10s a month - they have to manufacture x * thousand of AT&T model, x thousand of Sprint, x thousand on Wind/TMO, times many more for other carriers. They have to carefully monitor supply needs on a regional and carrier basis, and selectively ramp up production of specific models.

    ( That's without even getting into the firmware management...)

    So am I crazy here? Doesn't it seem like monstrous additional overhead to manage it this way, vs a single 'world phone' device?
    03-07-13 02:49 PM
  2. Sqoon's Avatar
    A single world phone is the dream, unfortunately it is not yet possible. Companies are working on it, I think there was an announcement recently about a universal radio, but I don't remember the specific details.

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    03-07-13 02:53 PM
  3. Marc_Paradise's Avatar
    A single world phone is the dream, unfortunately it is not yet possible. Companies are working on it, I think there was an announcement recently about a universal radio, but I don't remember the specific details.

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    So it's just that there's no SoC that's capable yet?
    03-07-13 02:57 PM
  4. ccbs's Avatar
    It is not the SOC, as in application processor. The radio chip and radio freq tuning is the problem. If one uses the multi-band amplifier + antenna circuit, all that have to do is change the BOM option on the RLC values to tune the frequency.
    03-07-13 04:25 PM

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