The iPhone failing in Europe so spectacularly has put a big on my face - love it!
You are playing pretty fast and loose with the facts to prove this point. You highlight certain facts and completely ignore others that don’t support your assertion.
1) AT&T's activation numbers stalled in the christmas quarter
AT&T never officially released its Christmas iPhone sales. Its subscriber base increased by 2.7 million for a record breaking single quarter increase.
2) American sales numbers are not really American when 1/2 of them are shipped overseas.
The number of unlocked iPhones are only an estimate. And that estimate was only for a quarter not half.
3) Verizon Wireless did absolulely nothing to counter the iphone and still gets better postpaid net adds than AT&T since the iphone was launched.
AT&T has nearly 10 million more subscribers than Verizon.
Verizon beating the crap out of AT&T means everything --- and I didn't mean selling phones --- I meant the number of subscribers signing 2 years contracts with Verizon. It showed the rest of the world that you can survive without the iphone exclusive.
This is just completely wrong.
These people are so satisfied with the iphone that 1/3 of the users have to carry a second phone.
This is nothing new. People have been carrying two phones long before the iPhone existed. Most of the time its because one is a business phone and the other is a personal phone. These people have little choice in their business phone. But they can choose their personal phone.
The other way to look at this is that there is such demand for the iPhone people are willing to carry two smartphones.
Verizon sold 1.1 million Voyagers in 4.5 months --- no bad for something that is not as polished as the iphone.
Verizon gives the Voyager away with a cheaper contract. Of course its going to sell more units. That’s simple economics.
But just for fun. European sales of N95 - 7m in under 12 months, iPhone 330,000. Thats only 21:1 I was wrong then.
You cannot compare the N95 and the iPhone in this way. The business models and sales prices are completely different.
The N95 is sold on nearly every carrier in every industrialized nation. Its given away free with a cheaper contract. The N95 should sell more than the iPhone. This proves nothing.