Originally Posted by TenoBell
What AT&T tyrannical practices do you speak of?
Add it up, consider the level of coverage and service and figure it out for yourself. I already gave you my personal example.
CDMA is on its way out. Sprint and Verizon will phase it out over the next few years.
Apple decided to forgo 140 million potential customers to support nearly 4 billion potential customers.
Everything is on the way out. Apple support 2G and it is on the way out. Do you think they will support much of what is on the iPhone now in a couple years? Do you think they are going to be sweating 2 mp cameras for example and god help them if the only display they support in two years is 320x200.
Everything is on the way out. Considering Apple has twenty million or so in sales for the iPhone worldwide, what makes you think they should scoff at a potential new and untapped market so large. Maybe including entire segments of the world that are undeveloped and don't even use cell phones might make you feel better, but doesn't change market dynamics. Other companies are catching up quick and aren't artificially limiting themselves.
Apple could fully support both. But there is a reason why they don't. Its a sound business strategy to pick one and focus your finite resources inon making the best product in that category. This strategy is working great for Apple.
The reason they don't must be known to you and magic fairies. Apple is no longer a start up in the cell phone game. They are not a start up with limited resources or money. Claiming that you can just keep doing something until it fails is the worse kind of business planning. Many reviews for the GS note that the hardware is nothing new, the specs are finally coming up to not so far behind and the software was basically about adding what was missing from the iPhone compared to other smart phones (TBT GPS, MMS, copy/paste, etc.) Apple basically lucked into the app store since it clearly wasn't planned at the beginning but all their competitors will be there very soon.
The other point is that the competitors aren't just catching up but are moving at a much faster rate than one release a year. Palm has already had two updates. Their app store will be out in three months, not twelve. Palm Eon will be out in a couple months, not a couple years. The next version of the Storm will be out within a couple months and several other models have been upgraded as well.
Others are doing more with less in shorter time-frames. Apple has to respond.
GPS does come with the $30, you have the option of paying for another GPS product if you so choose.
Here is how I see the value break down, I pay $30 to get:
* push email that fully supports HTML5, reads Word/PDF/Excel/PowerPoint documents
* unlimited data with a web browser that is HTML5 compliant
* unlimited access to dozens of media services
* thousands of 3rd party apps designed by the best software developers in the industry
* google maps
Listing everything that comes with the data plan is ridiculous. It is like declaring that because you pay your electric bill, everything that plugs into a wall is a feature of that bill.