Watch out Android, the Verizon iPhone is coming
Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
15 October 2010
The Verizon iPad has already been announced. Predict what’s next.
iPads at Verizon. It was inevitable as Verizon holds a substantial share of the cell market and the iPad, with its 3G data plan option, is the first step in increasing its market share versus AT&T. What’s next? The Verizon iPhone.
What I find most interesting is, in order to use the iPad on Verizon’s network, you will have to use an external connection device. In my estimation, this will be a tiny barrier for a Verzion customer clamoring to get an iPad. Although already successful, this is a brilliant move (again) on Apple’s part to get the iPad on another carrier. But perhaps more important, it is surely foreshadowing of things to come – The Verizon iPhone.
“The iPhone is a brand. A brand that people will buy even if they have dropped calls.”
Android was a nice attempt at an iPhone replacement – especially since it was on a competing carrier. The problem is no matter how you dress the Android up, it is still not an iPhone. It’s strangely funny, but there are a great many Android users that I know that say they have an Android phone in an almost apologetic way. As if to say, “I know it is not an iPhone, but since I am on Verizon and I did not want to break my contract, I had to get this phone instead.”
Guess what Android users, it does not look like you will have to apologize for very much longer. And guess what, the Android may do a lot of things but it does not do iPhone.
Is the iPhone a better phone? Honestly, I do not know, but I would like to think it is because at the end of the day, I believe that the iPhone (and Apple, for that matter) is a reflection of who I am. And all the iPhone users who have suffered with AT&T for more than three years believe that the iPhone is a reflection of who they are. This is the power of iPhone and Apple brand.
Android is a device. There is little emotional connection to it and, what there is, is almost shame-like for many people. The iPhone is a brand. A brand that people will buy even if they have dropped calls. A brand people will buy even if you have to have a special case so you do not short out the antenna, and a brand that will most certainly steal substantial market share from the Android once it is on Verizon.
Want to see the true power of the iPhone brand? Wait until the Verizon iPhone hits the shelves.
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