2/4/2010 11:05:00 AM
Indies could get into home devices market
Independent dealers could tap into the emerging 'home
devices' market and lower the risk of being 'edged out'
altogether, according to HSC business director Bob Sweetlove.
Networks restrict consumer products and services to 'only certain
channels', and independent mobile retailers need a strategy that
will allow them to grow their businesses despite this, Sweetlove
said in a blog on the HSC website.
The 'connected home', where devices such as TVs and games
consoles communicate with each other via a network, is a strategy
that LG, Samsung and Nokia are already involved in.
Sweetlove told Mobile: 'Traditionally, dealers have been left
out. What can they do to differentiate and move into new areas?'
He added: 'Carphone Warehouse are doing this [home networks] on a
large scale but the dealer could do it on a local level.'
The blog said: 'With many homes happily using Wi-Fi for their
home computing requirements, there is the potential to expand
this home network to enhance communication and access to music
and video among other home content.
'With a small investment in digital storage and routing equipment
we could very quickly transform our homes into modern media
centres that are managed by remote controls. Wouldn't it be great
to get a local specialist to pop round to your house to show you
what could be done and how?'
Sweetlove added: 'It's purely an idea - mobile dealers are being
edged out and have either closed down or gone into franchise
schemes. Is this something for the future of mobile? Can we bring
in the networks?'
The blog said: 'Carphone are certainly looking into it with their
Wireless World rollout so there is a template to work