Thursday, October 7, 2010

WSJ reinforces earlier story: iPhone is coming to Verizon

This revision of its original story seems to be the final word on the subject: the iPhone is coming to Verizon, according to the WSJ.

For those who care about such things as cell phone market share, and the like, this is probably a big deal. But for publishers, this simply will reinforce the notion that developing for the iPhone and iPad was a good idea, and for those who have delayed or simply refused to develop for mobile, future proof that being conservative in this area was a mistake.
This involved with adding Verizon, of course, centers on the fact that the cell carrier uses a different standard for its network, CDMA, than Cingular (the company Apple originally signed with, before transition to AT&T Wireless).

AT&T, which currently has a monopoly on the iPhone in the U.S., uses as it standard for mobile telephony GSM (Groupe Sp├ęcial Mobile). Apple went with this standard simply because if is the dominant network standard in the world.

It is important to note for American media folk who may not be aware, the iPhone is often available through multiple carriers overseas. That means its market share of the smartphone business is often higher than what is seen in the U.S., where both the Android platform and others such as Blackberry are sold by many carriers.

For developers this is probably good news as it means that they can continue to focus on Apple's iOS while they continue to grow their Android offerings -- and wait for the first Android-based tablets to appear.