I still think we shouldn't block anyone, especially the people who needs it, and forced them to buy a even higher price Pyra. If they even ever want to get 3g/4g. Making people pay ~$100 more for a ~$14 feature doesn't make any sense. The fact that it is a portable device is a con, not a pro for "just use a usb" method. More people on wifi in the "outside world" and not wanting to carry a usb everywhere. (Which may even cost more than just having it built in.)
We already have a "premium" model and that is 3g/4g. This is something that can be "easily" added. No need to gimp the cheaper one.
Well if ED does not mind the added complexity of having 3 different models (2.4GHz wifi / 5GHz wifi / 5GHz wifi + cellular), then of course that would be the best option.
But what you are proposing is to force EVERYONE to pay the extra cost for 5GHz wifi, even if they don't need it.
I think it's better to keep the base price as low as possible. 14 EUR extra in component cost alone means something like $30 extra in the final price, just for somewhat better wifi. If we're going to use the same reasoning for the other components, then the final price will quickly become too high for many people. I mean, how much extra are you willing to force on everyone in order to get more/faster RAM and more/faster internal storage? Those are features that everyone can use, so you don't want to "gimp" the cheaper model, right? Before you know it, we end up with a "cheaper model" that will cost $900.
By the time you factor in the costs of splitting the board production streams, maintaining different stocks of the items, having TWO different base units that require TWO different product testing loops, support costs of figuring out just what version of the chip the person has, etc, the cost difference for providing that 'choice' is likely as much as the cost difference in the chips. The net savings is likely negligible.
What you are proposing is to cripple the non-4G Pyras for a large portion of the population that truly need it because YOU don't need it and YOU don't want to pay 1 EUR more than you absolutely have to.
There ISNT a "cheaper model". THAT is a fabrication of your own. To my understanding, there will be ONE model, the Pyra. That ONE model will have an option of adding a US or EUR or International 4G wireless module at additional cost.
Presence or absence of the 4G module is the ONLY thing that should differentiate these. Anything beyond that magnifies production and support costs. The only reason for THAT module to be an 'add on' option is because IT costs 100 EUR or so by itself.