Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th May 2010 14:55 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless When Apple sued HTC, and targeted Android specifically (news which came out of the blue), many people, including myself, were convinced this was Apple letting the world know they were afraid of Android's rising popularity. This notion was laughed away by many an Apple fan, but it turns out that this is most likely far closer to reality than many dare to admit: in the first quarter of 2010, Android conquered the number two market share spot from the iPhone in the US - and by a wide margin too. Update: Added a graph which better shows the trend.
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RE[7]: Did you read the article?
by gustl on Wed 12th May 2010 10:14 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Did you read the article?"
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Well, your argument goes like "IF AT&T were not the only one who is allowed to sell the iPhone then ..."

It looks to me like the iPhone is contractually tied to AT&T, so if Apple wants to sell the iPhone with other carriers, my guess is that AT&T will wave some nasty contract.

Apple chose this path, because when the iPhone first appeared they were the only ones offering this kind of user experience, so they probably got the maximum money out of it with an exclusive contract. Nobody but Apple and AT&T knows when this contract (if ever) will terminate.

In the meantime Apple might actually be able to get more money with a more open business model, sacrificing margin for volume. Then on the other hand they may not.

However, the smartphone market is no market with a high probability of producing a monopoly like the desktop operating market, as the network effects are pretty slim. We will continue to see huge marketshare shifts within short periods of time, since changing your phone OS does not exclude you from making a phonecall.

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