I would say it would be a major plus for Verizon wireless, and I am a subscriber. I would consider it as a piece of personal communications equipment if it did. I don't know if I would commit though, of course I am probably one of a smaller amount of Verizon's customer base.
The main thing here is hardware, and as far as it goes I would compare this all to the start of the internet. Of course the whole technology market moves faster now than it did then. So if my phone was a 1992-4 PC in this comparison, today's phone would be 1 2006-8 PC because of this rapidity. So basically cut to a third as a lifespan. My problem with adopting an iPhone stems from this, because the other equipment (mostly of the android variety) is more capable hardware wise.
In the next 6 months that whole picture will change significantly from what I know. This is because Android as well as open source development on these pieces of equipment is moving at a tornadoes pace. The Droid 2 is being showcased now for Verizon (Pre-release), the "Scorpion" platform from HTC has already been seen or heard of as well, the EVO is out now (on Sprint who is for now the only 4G capable carrier in the US), and has been hacked (read oc'd here) to a 1.279 Ghz operational status, rather than the stock 1Ghz.
The OS of choice even in it's newest form 2.2 "Froyo", was hacked before release, and was even publicly available 3 day's prior. Intel and IBM as well as the maker's of Blackberry are also on mark for it. HP has even bought PALM who at one time was the biggest player in the associated smart device market by HP (funny turn of events I think should have happened years ago). HP is now as they already have been trying to incorporate a minimized OS model as well as full networking protocol resulting from that into all it's devices.
So basically what I am saying here is this market on all sides is moving so fast that one phone (even if it is the easiest of it's kind to be useful as well as recognized by the general public), is really not of any concern to me. This is because popular often dissipates as soon as it appeared even if it is warranted. The big thing here is mobility. The end winner here is going to be functionality by a device plus a carrier in combination.
The iPhone may be great, but the carrier (At&t) is also almost the most lacking in the market due to this, and there brilliant corporate planning. So Verizon has the strongest US network, seemingly Sprint is the number two player now in the US simply because they have 3G/4G. The number three spot capability wise is being tossed back and forth by all other carriers. This is also because of the iPhone being on a sadly planned network at least to some amount. So bragging or even expecting anything major because of a singular device right now is very short sighted.
If you compare this (Oh great another comparison) to the Apple, PC of old it still has the same flaws. The only difference I see is the fact that the OS of choice now or in the future is open source (Android and several other flavors), rather than Windows (and or a closed proprietary OS). In the end I think it will be the same as that Apple/PC battle of old. Apple will proclaim and believe they are the best period. An amount of the market will believe this and follow them until they fall again as they did then. Then the mobile data world will continue on in an open source model this time. That is unless HP is able to capitalize and become the next M$ with there freshly bought PALM OS which could happen, but I think has to many real opponents to become a reality.
This could also mean, that large media content providers such as ‘News Corp’ may decide to fill the gap left by O2 and AT&T’s withdrawal of unlimited usage and supply connections for legitimate Unlimited Downloads of both Movies and Music.
This could easily be done by applying the ‘Platform High Capacity Super Controller System’ via apps for the New Smart Phones and iPads etc. Murdoch’s alleged ‘New Unlimited Broadband’ has to be truly unlimited as it would be streaming HD and 3D movies, then News Corp could begin to corner the market, thus his share prices would rocket even more. Failure by other networks to upgrade sufficiently to cope with the ever-increasing demands would be to Murdoch’s advantage.
http://tinyurl.com/ycsgu49 by restricting the Data Caps you restrict sales. Hence it is imperative that all Networks invest the new ‘High Capacity System’ or face losses and inevitable gridlock.
Obviously I am aware that resistance by Network Operators to apply my HC System is perhaps because it would give those who invest in HC, 'Global High Capacity Control of Global Networks'.
Signed Carl Barron
Systems Formalist Designer and Inventor
Chairman of agpcuk
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