Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 21:01 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless I generally try to steer clear from the silly and crazy rumour mill surrounding soon-to-be-expected-to-be-launched devices, but this one is kind of interesting. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the US carrier Sprint is pretty much betting the company on Apple's next iPhone, ordering a staggering 30.5 million of them. At the same time, BGR reports that the iPhone 5 will be exclusive to Sprint (in the US at least), as a WiMAX device.
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Thom likes comedy
by jackeebleu on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 23:21 UTC
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He wrote, "I mean, the Verizon iPhone was supposed to be a big deal, but it barely registered on the radar in the grand scheme of things."

Thats funny, last I saw back in June/July period, multiple sources including Verizon say the exact opposite. In fact, this article from the NY Times source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/technology/iphone-bolsters-verizo..., states quite simply:

Verizon’s earnings might also shed some light into the brewing rivalry between Apple and Google and both look to dominate the smartphone and tablet industry. Although Verizon continued to achieve sales from its catalog of Android and 4G devices, the company sold far fewer of those devices than they did iPhones. For the quarter, the company reported sales of 1.2 million LTE and Android devices, which includes tablets, smartphones and wireless modems.

“Verizon’s had Android for a long time,” said Mr. Sharma, who keeps a close eye on the industry. “This was the first real test between an iPhone and Android and consumers still gravitate towards the iPhone.”

So someone please tell me, what in the blue blazes is Thom talking about? Is he being the Anti-Apple Andy Rooney of OSNews again?

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RE: Thom likes comedy
by earksiinni on Mon 3rd Oct 2011 23:27 in reply to "Thom likes comedy"
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Anti-Apple Andy Rooney


Too soon, man. Too soon.

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RE: Thom likes comedy
by Neolander on Tue 4th Oct 2011 07:35 in reply to "Thom likes comedy"
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I think Thom was referring to another part of the same article :
"On Friday, while reporting its quarterly earnings results, Verizon said it activated 2.3 million iPhones during the company’s second quarter. That is a hefty figure, because the device has been available on Verizon for only a few months, but it paled in comparison to AT&T’s iPhone activations for the same quarter. On Thursday, AT&T reported that it had activated 3.6 million iPhones on its network, and that nearly a quarter of them were for new customers to AT&T."

In short : only half of *new* US iPhone customers buy it from Verizon, showing that AT&T was not so much of a problem after all, in sense that the huge customer rush from AT&T to Verizon that some were expecting didn't happen.

I don't know why you're bringing Android on the table, but from the data I have it seems to me that it's doing fine in its corner, since its introduction at the end of 2008. If a major OS manufacturer would have to worry in the US, that would rather be RIM : http://gs.statcounter.com/#mobile_os-na-monthly-200812-201110

Edited 2011-10-04 07:37 UTC

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RE[2]: Thom likes comedy
by jackeebleu on Wed 5th Oct 2011 02:26 in reply to "RE: Thom likes comedy"
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I didn't bring Android into anything, those are quotes from the article.

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RE: Thom likes comedy
by JAlexoid on Tue 4th Oct 2011 09:37 in reply to "Thom likes comedy"
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“This was the first real test between an iPhone and Android and consumers still gravitate towards the iPhone.”

So someone please tell me, what in the blue blazes is Thom talking about? Is he being the Anti-Apple Andy Rooney of OSNews again?


Well if you just had taken a look outside US, you'd see that Verizon was not "first real test", since there a lot of countries where Android and iPhone were being sold on the same operator.

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RE: Thom likes comedy
by Beta on Tue 4th Oct 2011 11:08 in reply to "Thom likes comedy"
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He wrote, "I mean, the Verizon iPhone was supposed to be a big deal, but it barely registered on the radar in the grand scheme of things."

Thats funny, last I saw back in June/July period, multiple sources including Verizon say the exact opposite. In fact, this article from the NY Times source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/23/technology/iphone-bolsters-verizo...


http://www.catb.org/esr/comscore/
Thats funny, it caused a slight uptick in iPhone sales, Android was not affected.

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