So as it turns out that a brand spanking new iPhone 5 wasn’t really what was needed for Apple to maintain its lead in the industry after all. All it took was a souped up iPhone 4S and maybe a new iOS to lure drooling buyers into long lines or to camp out at AT&T, Sprint, Verizon and Apple stores.
This startling news must be discouraging to the growing list of Apple smartphone competitors who must at this moment be comtemplating slashing their wrists out of sheer frustration trying to figure out exactly what its gonna take to grab a piece of Apple’s ever-expanding market share.
AT&T and Sprint reported significant demand for new activations and increasing sales all due to the release of the iPhone 4S.
Sprint who just started carrying iPhones in October has reported their best day of retail sales for a device family.
The only looming major challenge on the horizon is expected to come October 19th with the launch of Samsung/Google’s Nexus Prime/Galaxy
Sprint’s appeal as an iPhone supplier may have come from customers’ desiring true unlimited data pricing plans or harboring a deep seated need to move away from AT&T. Verizon Wireless also seems quite happy with significant iPhone sales and activation figures.
10/15/11 Addendum: It seems all three major retailer/carriers have sold out, so it might be wise to check with them first before making a long trip for one.
Again this must really irk Apple’s competitors because Apple does by accident what they can’t seem to accomplish on purpose. Let’s see what the customer reaction to the Oct. 19th Google/Samsung Android event will be.
Scales of Justice
As I was busy perusing the headlines this morning one thing stood boldly out. It seems evertbody is suing or is about to sue everybody else. In this Bizarro world senario innovation is giving way to litigation. Apple is suing Amazon over use of the AppStore name; Microsoft is suing Barnes and Noble over Android e-readers; Small carriers are considering blocking the AT&T/T-Mobile deal.Those are just a start. I think I will soon post a page that attempts to keep track of the latest forays into the courts and through the vaulted “Halls of Justice”.
4/1 Addendum: Even though it’s April’s Fool day, this is no joke:
MICROSOFT IS FILING AN ANTITRUST COMPLAINT AGAINST GOOGLE WITH THE EU.
Alleging anticompetitive behavior.
4/19/11 Addendum: Apple Suing Samsung over Galaxy Smartphones and tablets!
AT&T made a surprise announcement Sunday that it plans to acquire T-Mobile USA. This deal will force federal regulators to confront the questions whether there is a competitive balance maintained and whether American consumers will still get good wireless services at fair prices if and when they are forced to choose between only two national companies?
That debate will certainly spur close government scrutiny in review of the $39 billion cash-and-stock deal. If this goes through it would catapult AT&T past Verizon Wireless thus becoming the nation’s largest cellular service provider, The combo marries AT&T, currently the nation’s 2nd largest wireless carrier, with T-Mobile USA, now the 4th largest (owned by Germany’s Deutsche Telekom AG). This also possibly positions Verizon to go after Sprint Nextel Corp., making them the only remaining national provider in the No. 3 position. No other U.S. carrier, including U.S. Cellular, Leap Wireless, nor Metro PCS has comprehensive nationwide coverage.