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Date: 09/12/13 06:33 AM

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    madest Male 40-49
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    September 12, 2013 at 6:33 am
    Link: Phonebloks - Rethink your smartphone
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    patchouly Male 40-49
    4747 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 6:45 am
    Brilliant, but are there any companies that would sell it? I have to wonder if you can make as much on "blocks" as you would when you sell the newest phone.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 12, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I like this idea.
    I suspect they`d make more selling the parts individually.
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    beternal Male 18-29
    2589 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 6:54 am
    Good idea... which means it will either be stamped out by iphone or stolen.

    What use is a product that lasts forever? - companies will only sell one - plus those small little upgrades... which means I bet they`d still put `auto-destruct` limitations on the parts so they break down intentionally anyway.
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
    5556 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 7:04 am
    Not to strange. This is how PC ATX platform lives.
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    bluevayero Male 18-29
    226 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 7:06 am
    i dont think it will last forever.sooner or later you will change all your phone parts. either because they are broken or because there will be better. still it is the best idea in regards to telephones/tablets.
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    MrOrange Male 30-39
    2398 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 7:18 am
    fantastic idea, remember the dya`s when you used to build your own gamig pc or your dedicated server?

    if only you could pick yer own software too..

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    CaptKangaroo Male 50-59
    2285 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 7:29 am
    Sounds like an Obama-driven socialist plot!
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    35649 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Orange I loved the Dell Days when they would build whatever you wanted into a computer, just happy to have your business. Now it`s all packaged up and loaded down with crap I don`t want.
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    drawman61 Male 50-59
    7700 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 7:58 am
    Brilliant. But if the big companies can`t make money out of it, it will be strangled at birth. They`re not worried about a waste mountain, that guilt trip will be put on your head for the one phone you threw away.
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    zeplin4u Male 40-49
    72 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 9:12 am
    Just do it!
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
    5880 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 9:39 am
    Good idea. It would work if you ordered it to your spec in the dealer, then the factory automatically built the thing and delivered it working to you next day.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
    3844 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 9:59 am
    The problem is, it is more profitable to sell phones that need to be replaced frequently. That being said, I`ve had this phone here for eight years.
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    Mr_Ike Male 18-29
    159 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 10:15 am
    Obviously thought out by someone without even the slightest inkling about how electronics work and/or are designed. This idea can never work.
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    CrakrJak Male 40-49
    17516 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 10:36 am
    "This idea can never work."

    Yes, it can. evidently it`s you that doesn`t have the slightest inkling how electronics work.

    Electronics were designed in modules to begin with then crowded onto single chips. Memory, batteries, cameras, speakers and much more are all separate units when initially designed.
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    Rick_S Male 40-49
    3261 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 10:39 am
    Is it me, or is the website not working?
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    Ilikelogic Male 40-49
    550 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 10:58 am
    Hi Rick,
    i don`t know wether the website is working,
    but i do know that you are surfing on IAB.
    So the answer is: It is you (well and me too)
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
    3053 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    Not sure about the electronics, but the big companies probably haven`t gone down this route because the business model they currently have where people buy expensive products and are then convinced by marketing a year after that the model they own has to be completely replaced otherwise they`re no long `cool people` works just fine for them. It`s why apple hasn`t made a modular Mac that can be easily upgraded, unlike PC manufacturers, and it`s why they don`t want people buying modular phones where only small aspects will need upgrading.

    If this gets off the ground then great for those that want it, but I doubt the idea is going to change the landscape of the cellphone market.
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    tedgp Male 30-39
    3287 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    Good idea, but not technically or economically feasible.
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    jbwhite Male 18-29
    1293 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    so apple wont buy into it, every other company that makes tiny little 2 dollar usb add ons that do nothing will. cause now they can make add ons that will do stuff, they can compete for the sake of the addon, which would be standardized and available to everyone in this particular market. its open source hardware. a sony camera connected to a samsung harddrive connected to an lg screen connected to an altek speaker. this is how poo is already done, its just not customizable, interchangable components.

    dratin negative non-nice individuals who don`t think of possibilities or revolutions in a world that is only growing because technological innovations. this is LTE of hardware (long term evolution).

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    lauriloo Female 40-49
    1803 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 6:11 pm
    So you can only have the bits that fit together to form the main shape. Somehow I don`t see an advantage in that.
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
    35649 posts
    September 12, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    Lauriloo, I don`t need a camera on my phone. Therefore that space the camera takes up could be more memory, or larger battery. That`s the advantage in the modular phone.
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    Musuko42 Male 18-29
    2850 posts
    September 13, 2013 at 3:34 am
    Dirt in the creases. Pointy corners that`ll rub and wear off and/or jab you in the arse when it`s in your pocket.

    Put it in a case you might bleat? It *has* a case. That`s what all the plastic/metal covering up the electronics are meant to be for. At least...should be. This whole trend of putting devices into a protective case is VERY handy for manufacturers to sell you something shiny that isn`t robust enough to survive actual day-to-day use.

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