We do not care how Steve Jobs puts it; only having the iPhone on one carrier in the U.S. is playing right into Google’s handset. Yes sales have been very good for the iPhone, but not offering it to Verizon customers could begin to have a negative effect on sales.
There are hopes that a Verizon iPhone will be released in January 2011, but some experts have wondered if it will be too late by then? Had Apple launched a Big Red version of the iPhone a year ago the device would have been snapped up, but the whole antenna issue and reports of the glass cracking will not help the legendary image that Apple once had.
Wilson Rothman from MSNBC is just one skeptic, and believes that this lingering exclusivity deal that Apple and AT&T has in place will be costing the iPhone maker millions in revenue.
Rothman certainly made me think when he said that the success of Android was Apple’s own doing, as they showed the U.S. how great a touchscreen phone was, but did not allow a huge percentage of the country to have it.
Having said that, sales of the iPhone 4 have reached record numbers – just wonder how much better it would have been with a Verizon version?
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