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As I predicted, forecast, warned, advised and flat-out told, you, all of you, collectively, months and months and months ago, Verizon today announced an iPhone 4 compatible with its own network, to be available early next month.
The Verizon iPhone includes the 5-Mpixel HD camera, A4 processor and ‘retina’ display of the existing iPhone 4, but runs only on Verizon’s CDMA network vs. the GSM networks of AT&T and other iPhone carriers outside the U.S. As readers know, I dropped my iPhone 4 for an HTC EVO 4G at Sprint because I was fed-up with AT&T’s lousy service in terms of customer, billing and network. I really do like the HTC EVO. But, I am mostly concerned about usability and productivity. So, I’ll be evaluating Verizon, to be certain.
Current Verizon customers will be able to pre-order the new iPhone online “on or around” February 3 – first-come, first served – with availability on February 10 through Apple stores, Verizon stores and online. Pricing with a new two-year contract is $199 for a 16GB version or $299 with 32 GB. Verizon has not yet specified data plan pricing, but a data plan will be required. A 3G Mobile Hotspot app will provide WiFi for up to 5 devices through the Verizon iPhone. For a $35 restocking fee, Verizon customers can exchange a phone purchased within the last 30 days to buy an iPhone. [See also: Verizon iPhone FAQ.]
This changes several things. Maybe a lot of things. Especially in terms of market share. Google thinks they are competing with Apple for the cellular device proliferation. I’ve posted some interesting statistics with the valid forecasts. And, you’ve read the passionate Nicholas Johnson, saying that Android devices rule the market (they are awesome, but they don’t rule anything). Here about some of all that, here: being part of the solution evolution revolution. But, go to “search” on this blog, it’s over to the left, and punch-in: “Android”, for more.
But, let’s just see how another service-provider in North America changes things. Verizon is the preferred choice for business and cellular devices. Big Blackberry country, that. But, let’s see how many Verizon users jump on the iPhone (that had an opportunity to go with an Android device, but didn’t, mind you).
NOTE: The iPhone’s reported customer loyalty levels were the highest in the survey, while Research in Motion was second at 35% (for its Blackberry OS), Google Android was third at 28%, Nokia was fourth at 24% and Microsoft was fifth at 21%.
Loyalty remains an important factor for a company looking to gain share in the highly competitive mobile phone market. Me? I believe strong customer stickiness and a brand image synonymous with innovation has enabled Apple to grab mobile phone market share despite heightened competitive pressure.
So… As I’ve already stated on this blog, and I’m right, Apple is going to hit $1000 inside the next ten years. Along the way, it’s going to hit $418, and fairly soon. That’s roughly 25% ahead of the current market price (today). As an aside… I estimate that iPhone operations constitute the majority of the company’s stock value (54%).
Peace be to my Brothers and sisters.
Brian patrick Cork
Nicholas Johnson was keen enough to share an Android Users Guide with me.
It’s pretty cool and lays-out how to access and use many features associated with the Android Operating system.
While I was investigating the section relevant to “calendars”, I was struck by the thought that I don’t like their look and feel. And, now I realize that I am of the opinion that Android is not “elegant”. You have to take more steps to make it work – as opposed to it working the way you might expect an extremely well designed piece of software to function. Also, many of the apps and features have an “etch-a-sketch” and “washed-out-Google(y)” appearance. It’s reminiscent of Windblows (although that was more “grainy”) prior to Windows 7 (all of which was stolen from Steve Jobs any way). Now I need to look deeper, and might even hesitate to use the word: “prior” until I can verify. I will say, under any circumstances, that I like what Android does with Map-oriented apps. It’s at least as good as anything found on an Apple device. The “Directions” feature is particularly easy to use and relevant.
So.. Now I have to decide whether I’m enjoying my Sprint driven EVO 4G more because it’s just something different than my iPhone 4, or the Blackberry 8900. Maybe I’m just relieved to be off of the over-populated AT&T network. Perhaps I simply like the craftsmanship of the HTC handset itself.
I still think Blackberry users are simply insecure (read more about that, and, here). We, the collective “we”, that comprise Prudent and Optimistic Gentlemen, might suspect the iPhone and related Apple products are simply superior and facilitate domination in many facets of life.
What makes my opinion worthy of consideration, other than my perspective is simply reasonable? I’ve owned and operated all the handsets discussed in this Blog. Most of the readers of this Blog likely have not.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork
For the sake of a balanced argument – and fair, possibly, unbiased opinions (think: informed decision-making), Electronista has a short article on the: lack of Flash for WebOS.
My views over Steve Jobs’ and Apples position relative to Adobe and it’s sagging Flash products are well considered, documented, and understood (consider my prior post: the Flash on apple debate isn’t PC). But, now that Adobe has finally released Flash 10.1 and released it from it’s beta status, allow me to sum-up the current state of Flash on Mobile Devices:
1. Every non-geek (and people that think they are, otherwise, informed, I have talked to thinks that Flash works on every current phone except the iPhone.
2. Adobe says that Flash 10.1 will work on every mobile device (except Apple). Is this passive aggressive behavior? Or, possibly a marketing twist that inappropriately paints Apple the villain.
3. Adobe has demonstrated a slow, buggy and very crash-prone beta of 10.1 on Android OS 2.2 that appears to ONLY works on the (Google) Nexus One (the phone that all of you know I tried in good faith, and then handed over to my eight year old daughter [who prefers her 3G iPhone]).
4. Palm says Adobe hasn’t given “any sign” it’s close to Flash 10.1 for WebOS.
5. And Flash 10.1 doesn’t run on any other phone, either.
Yet the lack of mobile Flash support is still seen as an Apple problem.
I love that. This continues to demonstrate that the collective we look to Apple for leadership – even in ways the masses (followers) can’t fathom.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork
I’m thinking it was either early 2001 or 2002 when David Gardner, the co-founder of The Motley Fool, and I were hanging out here in Atlanta in a local hotel bar pondering optimistic investment options, when it dawned on me how technology is, and will remain, a two-edged sword.
Between the two of us we had six gadgets scattered across a small table that included bulky cellular telephones, Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s), and one pager (his, not mine), and a camera (again, his not mine). Since, statistically, the odds are good you are reading this blog, and you are at least thirty four years of age, you are probably thinking back with the vision of a similar array of your own.
I was telling David how one of my investors (think Palm Pilot and then PalmOne) that I was coaching and a company I was recruiting for called Handspring had collaborated around the Handspring Vizor devices (that, as you might know, then evolved into the Treo line of products) working with a cellular company to form (what is now) a “smart phone”. The Handspring was a PDA that you could now also use as a phone using a Sprint snap-on module (and, yes, I was an early adopter)! So, you had the least amount of “stuff” you needed to do a lot of business on the fly. By the way… The Handspring and Palm collaboration realized one of the first efforts to utilize USB connectivity for synchronization, and worked brilliantly with the Macintosh operating system out-of-the-box.
I was pondering my gadgets when I looked at him and asked:
“Do you think all this technology simplifies your life and business, or creates more stress and confusion?”
That was another of my “Forrest Gump” moments as we subsequently witnessed that Motley Fool take a lead in driving a great deal of attention around convergence and mobile technology platforms.
With the advent of Apple’s iPad (and, obviously the iPhone) maybe the answer to my question today is: “as complicated as you prefer”.
I think Nicholas Johnson would appreciate that because he likes to fidget and tweak stuff, in the spirit of all things Windows and Google. He is also apparently offended by things “that just work (a la Apple).
And, this will bring me around to what is currently a continued bastion of confusion – the PC (to be sure all computers are, essentially “PC’s” – some are just more PC, or useful, or work, for that matter, than others) – all of them aspiring to be compared to an Apples.
I have an iPhone and I’ve owned hundreds of computers (mostly Apples).
Here is another question in this time of economic uncertainty, continued efforts around convergence, mobility and the unending quest for what the real “truth” is, any where:
“are computers portals to chaos or confusion?”
Today, if you are under forty years of age, and asked a question, you will almost always go to Google.com for the answer. And, this might be where we realize the true cost of chaos. There is an old rule that allows: “if it’s in writing, it must be true”. Print is a powerful tool or weapon – and, misinformation can be the result.
Picture the twenty five year old “techie”, all-sophomoric, to be sure, at a cocktail party when they get challenged with a great question. The first thing they’ll do is whip out their Treo (well… maybe not) or Android device, fire up Firefox and google the question. Whether the information they find is accurate or not, it will often be touted as gospel and spread like wild-fire.
Think about it… If you Google a topic, most of what you read as a result is from blogs (sic), websites designed to influence thinking, white papers based on uncertain facts, “chat” responses posted on written articles of uncertain origin, etc. Other sources of information those which you find on MSN that can include media-hyped head-lines about the stock market and other economic reporting that is rarely based in fact. And, this is what forms our thinking and opinions daily. Wikipedia might have some credibility due to its community-based self-regulation that suggests some integrity from the intellectual community. But, how do you know if you don’t balance the information against information possibly found in a library or research facility.
I studied Social History (not a widely promulgated course-of-study, and some what “unofficial”) – or why things happened at Radford University and through other programs most of you won’t have access too. And, that has helped form my super powers perspective and position as a heterodox and contrarian. For example, if I read about a certain stock on a blog or through an oped, I know how to verify the information – and, first via skepticism. I focus on what most people don’t realize what they don’t know.
I also ask a lot of questions and always cross-reference. And, that is where I’ll end this piece and hope you pass this on as both a historical perspective of reference, and a warning around how to absorb knowledge, form your own super powers for good use, and be part of the solution, and not the problem.
Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.
Brian Patrick Cork