Nintendo Considering "Always-On" 3G Support For Future Portables

#1 Edited by Linkyshinks (9880 posts) -
Nintendo's President Satoru Iwata has said that subscription-less 3G support may be included in all future Nintendo portables. The Nintendo president raised the issue when speaking to the Financial Times, revealing that it's long been a interest of Nintendo to imbue handhelds with "always-on" data connection, namely using current 3G mobile technology. 
 
Nintendo is currently looking at the business model of Amazon’s "Kindle" as it considers the future for it's own portable consoles. Iwata had this to say on Amazon's example:

“I’m interested because it’s a new business model in which the user doesn’t bear the communications cost.” 

"Only people who can pay thousands of yen a month [in mobile phone subscriptions] can be iPhone customers. That doesn't fit Nintendo customers because we make amusement products. In reality, if we did this it would increase the cost of the hardware, and customers would complain about Nintendo putting prices up, but it is one option for the future."

- Iwata-san

 
  
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#2 Posted by Al3xand3r (7574 posts) -

If that's how it worked worldwide, that'd be cool...

#3 Posted by oldschool (7264 posts) -

If I could actually benefit from it, then I am all for it.  I like the fact that Nintendo doesn't try to get too far ahead of the curve - the right technology at the right time.

#4 Posted by Halberdierv2 (1869 posts) -

one they dont mess this up.

#5 Posted by raddevon (437 posts) -

This is the smartest thing they could possibly do. Now, if we could get something on DSiWare besides clocks, calendars, and ports of cell phone games, there might actually be a reason to have said 3G connection.

#6 Posted by mhkjtha (429 posts) -

if the connection in itself would cost money i say no

#7 Posted by Godwind (2597 posts) -
@raddevon said:

" This is the smartest thing they could possibly do. Now, if we could get something on DSiWare besides clocks, calendars, and ports of cell phone games, there might actually be a reason to have said 3G connection. "

 
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#8 Edited by Willy105 (4690 posts) -

I hope it's not too expensive. We don't need another PS3 or Xbox Live. Even the Wiimote itself is already $40. And $50 when it's bundled with Motion Plus.

#9 Posted by AgentJ (8778 posts) -

As long as it isn't a monthly charge, I'm all for it. It'd be good if they also had non-3G models for people who don't care about having the service

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