Originally Posted by caliminius
Most of those missing Verizon phone features are things that only a handful of users are going to use such as disabled Bluetooth profiles. Or even wifi that you mentioned.
Wifi is a pretty big deal to most users, esp. if carriers start introducing metering/tierd pricing (which I personally think is long overdue - time to end the "unlimited" charade). It's easy to dismiss missing features, but Verizon phones have traditionally been crippled vs. the exact same phone on other carriers.
YOU WOULD NOT HAVE THE DROID WITHOUT THE IPHONE
You can stick your head in the sand all you want to, but that is the simple truth. A non-Verizon app store would also be laughable if Apple hadn't taken that away from them.
Nonsense. The Motorola Razr had massive sales for years but was a really terrible phone. It was the fashionable cell phone to have. Just like the iPhone has become (except being a better phone the Razr ever was). The iPhone is the "must have" cell phone du jour.
The Razr was more then just fashionable, it was also the slimmest phone - by far - on the market, and it held that distinction for quite some time. I had my eye on one for some time because of it's small physical size - I would be able to put it in my pocket easily and ditch holster/case for my existing phone.
I love how people love to dismiss successful products like the Razor or iPhone as being successful simply because they are "cool" or "trendy". You don't get sustained sales volume just on fluff, despite the popular mythos.
And some quick googling will show you iPhone sales have blown past the Razr by quite a wide margin.
Please, it doesn't matter if AT&T builds out its network. There isn't going to be some mass exodus from Verizon in such an event as you're trying to imply.
AT&T doesn't need a mass exodus. They just need to stop or exceed Verizon's growth - and they have already done that, with the iPhone, for the last three quarters in a row.
There is no Alltell for Verizon to buy to prop up their subscriber numbers and keep their "#1" position. I suppose they could take on Sprint, but that could be a "sink they company" move for sure...
The smart phone market is a small segment of the cell phone market.
$99 iPhones could change that easily. They need cheaper basic data plans to match the phone cost - $79 minimum plans aren't going to cut it. If that happens, watch out. Why would you mess with a dumb feature phone if you can have cheap entry into the iPhone universe?
At one time cell phones themselves were a small segment - now they are pretty much taken for granted and if you don't have one, you are the weirdo. Hang onto the present at your own peril...
There are plenty of people that still just want a phone and being able to browse the internet while sitting on the toilet at Starbucks isn't going to matter to them.
There are millions of iPod owners that would probably like to consolidate their phone and iPod. If the right plan were introduced so the monthly fee's were more reasonable combined with a $99 iPhone... the sky is the limit. It will be interesting to see if AT&T follows through (I think that's the real rumblings behind the tiered plans).