iPhone On Multiple Carriers is a Threat to Google

July 4, 2010 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

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It has been reported via Bloomberg Newsthat Verizon Wireless will be getting an iPhone early next year.  There are still some questions that remain, such as which model of iPhone will it be (iPhone 4 or something newer) or whether or not theEngadget-reported 5-year exclusivity deal Apple has with AT&T has been changed.  An iPhone on Verizon has been rumored since last year, but all companies involved have not commented when such a thing will happen, if at all.

However, there is one company that may stand to lose if a deal between Apple and Verizon, or any other wireless carrier, for that matter, goes through. No, it’s not AT&T, it’s Google. The Android platform, an open-source Linux-based mobile platform developed by Google, is the second fastest-growing smartphone OS (next to the iPhone), has the second largest amount of apps (next to the iPhone), and will soon have the second largest install base (again, next to the iPhone).  The one thing keeping Google nipping at the heels of Apple is AT&T, which has taken the brunt of criticism regarding the iPhone’s poor call quality, up until the iPhone 4’s recent internal antenna problems.  If the iPhone becomes available on a different carrier, especially one which services just as many, if not more, customers as AT&T, Google can stand to lose quite a bit.

Read more on my Google Android Examiner page…

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