Originally Posted by solipsism
It already has. It’s in 80 countries and, as i recall, about 60 carriers. What you are saying is that it has to go to different carriers within the same market, but that isn’t necessarily true and neither is your statement about more carriers would equal more customers which would equal more sales. Those statements are ONLY true if you have a limited view of the cellphone market. Apple is not doing what others did in the past. They are specifically tying themselves to carriers and requiring them to tweak their network for their needs. This is not simply about getting higher subsidization price from the network while it’s still exclusive.
I’ll ask this again, yet I have yet to get an answer: If the carrier exclusivity is such a poor decision for Apple why have they continued to do it with every country that will legally allow it and are continuing to offer exclusivity. Note that these other countries are almost all GSM-based, which means it would not require different HW in any way, shape or form, unlike the US which does require a different device which not only adds to R&D but adds to inventory and consumer confusion.
LTE is 3GPP’s 4G standard. It’s fast, a lot faster than WiMAX and it won’t in cellphones for many years. Not that it matter since WCDMA(3G) has a lot more room to grow (42Mbps down/22Mbps up) before it obsolesces. the real benefit in the US is that all carriers will be able to use the same radios.
There is no way to see how well the Pre will do in this changed market. The Verizon BB Storm sold well but then reportedly had a 50% return rate. That isn’t good. You have to advertise to entice the customer, then make the sale, and then they have to keep the sale. The iPhone and other BBs seems to do very in this department. I’m figure Nokia does, too, but they aren’t popular enough in the US for me to certify it as a anecdotal statement.
The Pre’s rebate will put many people. A 50% higher out of pocket price than the iPhone and other devices will be a deterant, but I don’t expect that to last, anyway.
The Samsung Instinct is a perfect example of a well marketed failure. Is that phone still exclusive to Sprint?
Sorry that I was not specific. I was merely talking about America, or more then one carrier in one country. Like the Blackberry being on every major (and even a lot of minor) carriers.
About how you brought up that more possible customers doesn't add to more customers is just plain stupid. If you can only sell you product to 70 nillion customers (lets just say thats how many ppl in AT&T) -- you can't sell more then 70 million units. Amd we have to assume that the people who wants a iPhone on said network, has one. And that most of the ppl who want an iPhone thats not on said network also has purchased. And you can advertise, try to get ppl to go to AT&T, but that costs a lot of money for ad's, and it may not work. But every network is trying to make an "iPhone", because its a good phone. If Apple brings said good phone to other carriers, then said carriers(in America) wont have to help make new phones: they just have to get the iPhone. Then the ppl who wanted on on, say Sprint/Verizon, who is loyal to their carrier and wont change but still wants an iPhone will get one.
And you love to say that Apple will extend their exclusiveness to AT&T, but every source we have says otherwise. That they are looking for more carriers, that they are thinking about moving their phone to say Verizon Wireless. They might extend it to 2011 -- but thaT would mostly because AT&T has done a lot for Apple and their relationship, just like the relationship Palm and Sprint has and that created a partnership for the Palm Pre.
And you have recived several reasons. Apple can work with the carriers to make better features for the iPhone. It's a good stratagy. It is also so they can work with the carrier and get "free advertisement", because AT&T did advertise that the iPhone is an exclusive for their carrier. That is free ad's for Apple. It also allows them to develop a fan base on a very big network. That way tons of people will have an iPhone and ppl will see it at malls, school, work, and as they see it in action they will want one -- enough to switch to AT&T if that person needs to? Well, a lot of people did that.
However, on a side note, I believe Apple choose the wrong network. Why? AT&T had to improve their network for the iPhone. Sprint would only have to add a new feature (visual voicemail) because their network has been 3G for a while -- and at the time, was faster then the EDGE network and some still swear the Sprint 3G network is faster then the AT&T 3G. But, it worked out OK for them both, and AT&T is a good n etwork (not good enough for me -- I hated Cingluar, and don't like AT&T).
And thanks for answering my question about LTE.
Technically, as I said in my post, yes the Instinct is still an exclusive. Samsung has created many clones with different features (most of the time, the Instinct has better features including battery life then the clones) and these clones are on different networks. So yes, it still is, but it has moved to other networks on some shape or form.