Originally Posted by DocNo42
With anything but the iPhone they can bundle in "services". Much like useless extended warranties, the services are the real cash cow Verizon is fighting desperately to keep.
The problem is these services universly suck and most users can't wait to eliminate them
Don't be so optimistic about people.
Your quality standards may be high, as are mine, so we might not like the bloated Verizon apps forced onto phones. But as another poster or two noted, most people don't get user experience like we do. They're the ones who think, "1080p is always better than 720p because it's more!" They don't even notice how those bloatapps are hurting their user experience, mainly because they don't know any better.
As for those who notice how the apps suck: They deal with them, anyway. It's Verizon. Their network is perceived, by the mass majority of Americans, to be the most reliable in major cities, and the fastest, widest-reaching network in rural areas. That's why people go to Verizon. It's something Verizon has, that no other carrier has. Not customer service, or phone selection, or bloatware that may be on their phones. As long as their customers keep getting a good signal, and their calls don't get dropped, everything else is relatively unimportant.
Therefore, Verizon can get away with stuff that no other carrier can get away with. VZ knows they'll get their smartphone sales, no matter what kind of smartphone is sold -- their network is that good. So it only makes sense for them to develop and market phones which give them the best profit potential, both now and in the future. After all, you noted (correctly) that Verizon-exclusive apps are the big cash cow here. Android is the easiest way for them to implement that cash cow. It only makes sense for them to heavily develop for, then market, that platform.
Verizon has the leverage over Apple in this matter, unfortunately.
Originally Posted by christopher126
95% of the businesses where the original owner dies and a 'CEO' takes over, eventually go out of business...Coke, Ford, McDonald's, Walmart are the exception...
...mainly because they have figured out the easiest business model is 'to sell a lot of crap at a small margin!'
Think about it, the largest beverage company in the world is Coke and what do they sell? Crap! Water with 11 spoonfuls of sugar in each 12 oz. can.
Or Diet Coke that causes brain lesions.
McDonald's, the largest restaurant chain in the world and what do they sell? Crap!
In fact, the McDonald's at Ground Zero has killed more Americans than the 19 terrorists did!
Verizon has missed the boat time and time again because of executive staff that have more foreskin than foresight....they should all be fired!
Under your argument, once Steve either dies or voluntarily leaves (like the latter would happen) the company he founded, Apple should then let Verizon brand their iPhone with endless bloatware, because remember: For Apple as a Steve-less company to survive, they've got to make their phones low-margin crapware. Way to amaze and delight customers.
Originally Posted by plovell
Although I'd like Android to succeed as an OS, I fear that the Balkanization has killed it.
As long as the Android Market apps work in all the Balkanized Android phones, that's all that matters. Android is not dead.