How did the one carrier launch in Europe help the iphone?
These few carriers allow Apple to control iPhone beginning development. Now a precedent and expectation have been set in regards to iPhone features and tariffs. As Apple expands to new carriers everyone will have an understanding of what is expected.
Google is actually having the same issue with Android. Google calls Android open but it reality it won't be totally open Google wants to maintain some degree of control of the Android experience and wants it to remain consistent.
Google does not want carriers to offer or negate different parts of Android to fit what they want to charge for various features. Google does not want handset makers to offer radically different Android features. Google does not want the Android OS to split into various different versions to suit different interests. So to some degree Android is also going to be closed and controlled by Google.
And you can chop it any way you want --- without Tracfone, AT&T is nothing. Verizon Wireless has higher internal subscribers, higher percentage of postpaid, higher voice ARPU, higher data ARPU, lower churn, higher gross profit, higher net profit and higher profit margin than AT&T Wireless. Basically the score is 99 to 1 --- with AT&T Wireless winning by one single metric, which is the total subscriber count.
Its not that dramatic. Again you over exaggerate to prove your point.
Guess what? Verizon Wireless doesn't care about that partiicular one. Verizon Wireless could have lowered prices, could have signed up with more MVNO's --- but did none of that.
Verizon has offered lower priced contracts, the same as everyone else.
AT&T's Q4 earnings call --- you can look at the transcript if you want. 900K activation in Q3 and Q4. 40% of them were from new subscribers.
OK good we have some proof. Now why does 900K activations mean that iPhone sales are bad? In context to what?
The LG Voyager has the same touch-based technology --- so comparing it is better than comparing the iphone with a N95. Sure the LG Voyager is cheaper --- that's my point throughout this thread. It's better for the consumer to kill off the "full priced, crippled handset with a long contract" by a "subsidized priced, crippled handset with a long contract".
No the LG Voyager does not have the same touch based technology. Multi-Touch is proprietary and owned by Apple.
By your account the LG Voyager is not crippled and does not force the consumer to sign a long contract?
In reality "crippled" lies in the eye of the beholder. The iPhone holds high customer satisfaction rates. Most phone users are signed to long contracts.
Verizon Wireless has a total ARPU is $51.49 and data ARPU of $11.06
AT&T Wireless has a total ARPU of $50.28 and data ARPU is 18% of that (about $9.05).
Verizon's total ARPU is $1.21 better than AT&T.
That's what you describe as Verizon killing AT&T?
Of course, data contracts will be the future revenue growth. That's why AT&T's mix of prepaid and Tracfone subscriber net adds are garbage. Verizon had 1.7 million postpaid net adds in Q4 and AT&T Wireless had 1.2 million postpaid net adds in Q4.
Yes I see Verizon is far ahead in data use with 500,000 more postpaid customers and $2.01 more in data ARPU.
As a single device the iPhone internet marketshare is three times all phones on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile combined. And its not even 3G yet.