It will happen eventually – the iPhone will become available to Verizon, and other North American carriers.
That is hardly an issue, unless you are part of the AT&T organization, I suppose. And, the iPhone won’t likely find shelf-space at Sprint because of the on-going iPhone vs. Palm Pre smack-down (read: candid colored Apple). And, as readers of the Blog know full well, I am of the considered opinion that the Pre is by no means an iPhone killer – or, really even much in the way of competition. On the other hand, and it’s challenging for me, as an Apple evangelist, to admit that a Blackberry product (read: The Macberry) is proving more helpful in my quest for world domination than the iPhone.
However, grudgingly returning to my point, a better question than whether the iPhone should move to Verizon is whether the iPhone should move to the consumer.
When might the hapless denizens of our United States wake up? In the rest of the world (well… perhaps outside of Sub-Sahara Africa, and that’s called the “dark continent” for more reasons than even I can go on about) I can easily buy any mobile phone (except the iPhone), then buy a SIM card from any carrier in that country, and shove it (gently) into the phone, and be in business, as it were. If I don’t like the service or coverage, I place my vote and dollars into motion and buy another SIM card from a different carrier that works best for me.
I am hardly qualified as a product specialist; I am a Subject Matter Expert (SME) on consuming, however. I am also a significant controller of Apple stock. And, I do have some influence in-and-amongst those halls, and with a few analysts (who read this Blog, for example).
Apple could likely sell far more iPhones this way – and, the (other) consumers would finally have some real choice: Buy the phone you want; get the service you desire; and, change, either or both, as you see fit.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork