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Friday, July 20, 2007
 
FREE IS JUST ANOTHER WORD FOR...

In an article today, Amy Schatz and Kevin Delaney at the Wall Street Journal quote my friend and former colleague Peter Greenberger:
Google's newly hired team leader for political sales, Peter Greenberger, explained how attendees could use online ads and other services from Google to help their candidates win. One Google product could provide details about people who visited a campaign's Web site, such as the approximate area where they lived, Mr. Greenberger explained. "Tremendously valuable info," he said, adding, "It's free. Did I mention it's free? It's free."
That's vintage Greenberger, I tells ya.

P.S. But what is "free" just another word for? I dunno. I guess I was thinking something like "all you need is a Google account." But if you have a better idea, you know where the comment section is.

P.P.S. This whole thing is pretty interesting, but this analysis from CNET makes no senses:
Once the company announces the wireless broadband to the nation, it will immediately announce that Google Phone everyone has been talking about. The Google Phone will work specifically with the Google system (kind of like Skype) and will be free of charge. The only fee to the consumer is the cost of buying the phone, which can be done over the Google checkout system from online retailers or at fine brick-and-mortar retailers nationwide.

As soon as the phone is released, people will be tossing their iPhones, Razrs and every other cell phone into the nearest river. Why pay all that money for a phone when you can have the same kind of service for free?
Sure, you can buy the Google Phone -- I'm sure it will be a good ones. But if the whole point is to offer access for any device, and that deal only lasts 5 years, why would I be chucking my fourth or fifth gen iPhone?

And this:
I'm sure you will see advertising when you start up the phone, but most of the benefits from this system will be earned on the Internet, where people will be lauding the company for all it has done to move the industry forward. In a matter of months, Google would practically control Internet advertising. And by giving people free Internet access on the phones, guess where the default home page will be pointing?
Yeah, I don't see ads on my iPhone. And despite Google's sometimes-moronic attempts to out-Microsoft Redmond, I'll bet you can change the home page.

P.P.P.S. Now that I use WordPress more than blogger, I keep forgetting that Save reverts the post to Draft mode, and only Publish republishes. Post now restored. That said, Blogger certainly has gotten better since I came to prefer WP -- and it only just occurred to me that this whole post has been composed using Google-owned software.

At least it was free!

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