Is it just me, or has the last year and a half of media frenzy over when Verizon get the iPhone been lame for about a year? Verizon has called a press conference for Tuesday, and by universal acclamation we now know that they will soon (perhaps in less than a month) be selling the miraculous device. The short version of the implications:
- Will it dent AT&T's subscriber growth story? You betcha. But the phenomenon had to end someday.
- Will Verizon's numbers suddenly surge mightily? Not likely, because it's not 2009 anymore. Heck it's not even 2010 anymore.
- Will Verizon's data network creak under the strain before summer? Not likely. But when the LTE version comes out someday, keep an eye on the backhaul...
- Will consumers be ecstatic over yet more rip-roaring 3G data speeds? Not likely. Bottom line is that the iPhone and Android are built for a 4G world, anything less is ... limiting.
- Will Verizon's iPhone sales be 12M this year or merely 9M? Who cares. Depends on those subsidies, wouldn't want to sell too many and 'miss' their numbers like AT&T did more than once... Haha.
- Will Verizon offer unlimited data plans? Wrong question. The right question is how much will they cost and how many Gigabytes would make it worthwhile to buy such a plan.
I'm just glad this story will die at last. For me, the bloom is off the rose to say the least, and it will take a 4G iPhone to get my attention again. And that can be any of WiMAX, LTE, or HSPA+ as far as I'm concerned. Until then, it's just another gadget.
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