As it turns out, our previous blog wasn't too far from coming to fruition. A few days after CES the big announcement came that on February 10th Verizon would now be releasing the iPhone. Hooray! For some of you this may mean that you now get to carry the phone you have envied for some time; for us this means more customers, more money and more work. If you're really into all the ins and outs about it check out this Engadget article.
As far as we're concerned this is what how we think this will play out in the market.
- There will be a lot of (continued) AT&T bashing for the network issues and poor customer service. See this link if you haven't heard enough of it already.
- AT&T loyals will continue to rip the Verizon version for the inability to receive calls while using data.
- None of the above will matter.
- Some users may jump ship for the Verizon version, but ultimately the big goal here is another burst of new iPhone users
- The increased growth will fuel more app purchases which in turn will, hopefully, help our wallets.
- Verizon Android users that switch to an iPhone will already be used to the plethora of apps and will be eager to purchase iPhone apps.
- Bottom line, more iPhone users, further spreading the platform; great for all iPhone developers.