Originally Posted by merdhead
You're calling me a jerk and complain about me hurling insults? Then you're a filthy hypocrite.
It's not being hypocritical to point out that you're acting like a jerk when you're hurling unwarranted insults.
Obviously you're not very bright so I'll spell it out in big letters: AMERICA IS NOT THE ENTIRE EARTH, ITS ONLY A (small) PART OF THE GLOBAL MARKET AND 87 MILLION iS ABOUT 2% OF 4 BILLION (the size of the global GSM market
There you go again....anyway, it doesn't matter if CDMA and Verizon represent .0000001% of the global market. It has nothing to do with whether or not Apple could develop CDMA for a cost that would yield a profit. As cameronj points out, roughly $4 Billion could be made...of course you'd have to minus out the amount for developing, the CDMA iPhone as well as other associated costs, and minus out the number of people who would've switched anyway, but that still leaves a HUGE margin for profit.
So for a market increase of about 2% or 4% you want Apple to double their hardware and firmware development costs and risks and increase their manufacturing costs (read my post, it says "or" to cover both the possibility of adding it or having a different version).
It's funny because in every single one of my posts, I state that Apple could have reasons relating to their relationship with AT&T for not doing this. So no, I'm not saying that I want Apple to do this. I'll repeat it again, the thought that they could not sell a CDMA iPhone for a direct profit is not the reason why Apple isn't doing it.
See, I wasn't being a jerk, you are an idiot, unless you admit that the above is a really bad business idea and you just want a CDMA iPhone because you want one. Or do you see a potential CDMA market on Mars?
I don't want a CDMA iPhone. I can't stand Verizon, and I'm really happy with AT&T. Now, if you'd like to explain why it would cost more to sell a CDMA iPhone than what Apple would earn from those 87 million Verizon subscribers who want an iPhone but don't or can't switch to AT&T, then maybe you'd come across as less of a jerk, but I don't think you can (either rationalize your position, or not act like a jerk).