Description: Google Inc. may lose business as Verizon Wireless starts selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone, giving the carrier’s customers a new alternative to smartphones running the Android operating system.
Source: CNN.com & Businessweek.com
Date: Jan 11 , 2011
Verizon said today it will offer Apple’s iPhone 4 as of Feb. 10, and begin taking orders a week earlier. The Verizon iPhone may cannibalize about 2 million Android shipments a year, said Dan Hays, partner at consulting firm PRTM. Gartner Inc. said 20.5 million Android phones were sold in the third quarter.
“A lot of people who bought Android phones were buying it in lieu of an iPhone because they couldn’t get one on the Verizon network,” said Charlie Wolf, a Needham & Co. analyst in New York. Read rest of story
Questions for discussion:
- Who are the winners and losers in iphones move to another supplier?
- Should AT&T be worried about losing thier monopoly on the iphone in the U.S.?
- Do you see the smart phone industry expanding or contracting in the future as far as the number of players that compete in this industry? Why?