It looks like the iPhone 5 will end up on a least Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile if the deal goes through with AT&T. Now if Sprint is taken up as well then that is the network equation solved, just leaving the choice of phones the problem that cannot be solved, unless Apple release another iPhone, which will be aimed at the Android market
The growth of the iPhone has only been held back in recent years due to the fact that they were only available on AT&T in the US, but Apple has slowly started to see the light with the launch of the Verizon iPhone 4 back in January of this year. It was as if Apple were allowing Android a free pass, so how will this differ during the rest of 2011 and in 2012?
Well as we mentioned above the iPhone 5 or whatever Apple will call it should be made available to all four major US carriers. However, this is not guaranteed to have high sales, with the Verizon version being a fine example of that. We recently discussed how Sprint’s version could sell more units than Big Red, which you might find enlightening.
When it comes to smartphone sales it is the iPhone that is still king, as it outsells any one smartphone on the market. However, we all know that there is only one of those new handsets at a given time and cannot compete with the Android collective. It does not take a genius to work out that the iPhone will always struggle where that is concerned — or will it?
MG Siegler from Tech Crunch has an interesting hypothesis, believing that the launch of the iPhone 5 on just AT&T and Verizon will be able to stop Android from marching forward in the smartphone market. If this is the case, then just imagine what will happen if you brought T-Mobile and Sprint into the equation as well?
The idea that just one device on all four major US carriers outselling a collection of handsets on those four seems a little out there, but you only have to look at the tablet market to know that this is possible. The iPad 2 is outselling all other tablet devices combined.
We can clearly see that Apple is now moving all of its chess pieces into place, and once certain deals have been made Android could get the shock of its life. Now we do not want to come across as Apple fans here, we are just looking at the facts, and we know that Apple has not been selling their iPhone to its true potential, which could all about to change.
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