Saturday, January 8, 2011
Let's not go overboard about a Verizon iPhone
First off, many corporate users are on the Blackberry because it is still the better choice for typing longer messages. Also, the majority percentage of organizations using enterprise MicroSoft Exchange (the #1 email platform) are not yet able to support seamless iPhone integration. Only with Exchange 2010 are companies able to consider adopting support and that process will take time.
As for AT&T, I doubt they are overly concerned with Verizon getting into the game. The biggest reason they aren't worried is because their existing footprint in the market is so large. Why would an existing iPhone user go out and purchase a new phone (AT&T and Verizon operate on different technologies)? Some would argue for better cell service and while folks in some areas complain about AT&T's cell service the reality is there are plenty of places where service is as good or better than Verizon. Let's face it, they obviously knew this was coming eventually. When the iPhone 4 was release AT&T did a smart thing by offering existing customers a $199 upgrade with the catch of a renewal that included a long-term contract.
All this being said will some folks switch from AT&T or become first time iPhone users? Yes but I will bet it will be years before Verizon makes a significant dent in the space. And who knows what the latest device will be by then.