Originally Posted by iansilv
Here's what i don't understand- if Sprint is allowing unlimited data on its 4g network but capping it on its 3g network, then that means the 4g networks will be able to handle the capacity needed for the iPhone.
And the Sprint EVO does both 3g and 4g...
So why not bring out the Verizon iPhone now, have it run on both networks, and then Verizon can tell people- when 4g comes to your town, its unlimited.
1. Verizon is planning to offer capped LTE dataplans.
2. Some estimates have smartphone data use increasing eightfold over the next five years. Don't expect anyone to keep offering unlimited data.
Originally Posted by AIaddict
10 million is what they have been selling in a quarter, world wide! There is no way they would sell 10 million in a month, more like a year.
After the first month, sure, they won't sell ten million a month. But I read a report on AI or Macrumors (don't remember which) that about half of Verizon's 90 million current subscribers are interested in a Verizon iPhone. Obviously, not all of them will get one in the first month. But even if 10% of those considering do get one in the first month, then that's 4.5 million iPhones.
Then add in the estimated 1.8 million AT&T iPhone subscribers that are willing to switch from AT&T to Verizon for their iPhone. Then imagine the TMobile and Sprint subscribers who would be willing to switch for a Verizon iPhone. That's, what, another half million?
So we, conservatively, have two and a quarter million for just the people switching over from other networks. Then add in the VZ subscribers going to iPhone, and that takes you to nearly seven million iPhones in the first month. This is a conservative number, so ten million isn't impossible. Even if demand is only five million, then you have the same demand constraints of the current UMTS iPhone. Apple may not have an excuse with Verizon supply/demand, like they had with AT&T.
And let me finish with this: AT&T sold 1.7 million iPhone 4's on the first day. Some estimated that they could have sold 2.5 million on that day, if they only had that many to sell. Verizon has more subscribers than AT&T these days. Still think three million in the first month is enough?
Originally Posted by SSquirrel
I keep saying maybe Sprint is actually the US carrier getting the iPhone. They are invested in Android, but not as heavily as Verizon is and if Apple is able to produce a CDMA based iPhone that also supports Sprint's 4G/Wi-Max plans, there are plenty of people who would pick one up. I'm on Sprint, so I know I would.
1. Current 4G chips are very power-intensive. Apple could have made their first iPhone compatible with UMTS 3G, but decided against it, believing that the chipsets weren't power-efficient enough, yet.
2. Sprint uses WiMax for 4G, which isn't a technology standard that will be used worldwide like LTE. Apple likes to work with established technologies. If there is a Sprint iPhone, it will be CDMA-only.
I figure that if there is a US launch, it will hold back an Asian launch for a few months; otherwise, Asia will get all of the first CDMA iPhones. The following carriers are likely:1. China Telecom
1.3 billion people. Emerging smartphone market. Enough said.2. LG Telecom (South Korea)
Demand for iPhones is surpassing all expectations. LG Telecom, lagging in subscriber numbers, would love to have a flagship phone for their EVDO network.3. KDDI (Japan)
Demand for iPhones has been so high, that the SoftBank network has been having AT&T-like straining over the past year.