[amsat-bb] Re: HEO naivete
nate at natetech.com
Sun Feb 8 14:02:25 PST 2009
On Feb 8, 2009, at 12:52 AM, John B. Stephensen wrote:
> Look at cell phones and wireless LANs to see what microwave
> equipment can
Wireless LAN gear is mass produced by the hundreds of thousands.
Cell phones are also mass produced, but are subsidized (in the U.S.)
by the carriers out of subscription fees. For real prices, look at
Europe. Or just look at the 3.1 million dollars that Motorola's
cellular handset division lost in 2008, according to their annual
So keep in mind the price tags you're using as examples, aren't the
full price, other than WiFi gear, which is produced in such quantity
that economies of scale are involved.
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