Originally Posted by TwiztdWun
VZW bought what was considered the premium spectrum for LTE. Their plan is to make everyone else's ceiling their floor.
I wouldn't say they bought the premium spectrum, from what I see of it, but They certainly did buy the most spectrum. They do have a big advantage with that, if they do it right.
While it is true the current LTE speeds are not much better than the HPSA+, it has alot of headroom. I look for this to be raised as the market is more saturated and VZW is holding a few bullets back to use for marketing agaisnt ATT when the time arises.
It's not so much a matter of holding back, as it is technology and cost. Right now, there's no way to get these high speeds with "real" LTE, which no one is using yet, because the equipment isn't available except for experimental purposes. In about a year, we'll some of that coming out.
When I said locking the phone down, it was a bad choice of words. A more accurate description would be to say VZW is trying to keep exclusivity to them and ATT. I believe ATT was also in on the information regarding a VZW iPhone due to their post about it today. I wouldn't be surprised if the deal regarding VZW paying Apple some $$ to keep it exclusive is true, ATT got something out of it too, or maybe even had to pay to keep them from going to a third or fourth carrier as well.
Ok, we can agree on that then.
VZW's stance on exclusivity for 6 months has many sides to it. Yes, they marketed that it made it more fair to the consumer and the smaller carriers, but, the backend of the deal is that it made VZW look like they are more willing to play nice than ATT or Apple. Winning the crowds loyalty with not what was said, but, how it was said.
That was the point I was making. This is all about marketing. Give people what very few of them will use, but that most THINK they MIGHT use, and you are ahead with little expense. Of course, if all carriers begin to do that, then it will become a war. We will see the time extended first to 9 months, then to 12, and oh oh. That's the time period where most people might start using it, and every carrier will be sorry they pursued this.
There are alot of people wanting the iPhone that currently have Androids. Only a crazy man would think otherwise. I currently have the Samsung Fascinate. Unless the first VZW iPhone has had some improvements, I do not look to move right away as the screen on this Sammy is amazing.
If you want to see something funny, when a customer brings up the iPhone to me, the first question I ask is " What is it about the iPhone that makes you want one? " The response is funny. It usually involves the person dropping their heads and thinking for a few seconds. They don't know why they want it other than it is an iPhone. They are usually clueless.
My point is this, if Apple would have released a VZW iPhone 18 months ago, I think we would be talking about Android about the same way we talk about Betamax. However, it was not released and Android, because it is a free OS and was literally given away to customers, has grown a fanbase that is just as vicious as Apples. No, they don't have the products or PC's,but, it is still a force to be dealt with regardless. Wait until the Google PC OC gets released.[/QUOTE]
Android isn't as free as most people and writers, it seems, think it is. Yes, the OS itself is free. But Google's apps, such as maps, aren't free. Companies have to pay for those, and if they buy the package, it costs about $8 per phone license-about what MS charges for Win Mobile or WP7 WITH their apps. Ironic that a free OS costs so much eh? That's why, in case people are wondering, some phone manufacturers and carriers substitute their own apps for some of Google's. Not to give a better experience to the user, but to give a cheaper one to the manufacturer and carrier.