I agree that it would be good news for consumers. It's been a long, hard slog for anything resembling a level playing field for consumers and we sill have a ways to go. For consumer products that depending on an OS we have three titans fighting: Apple, Google, and Microsoft. All three are sitting on a mountain of cash and all three have shown a disposition to walk the thin line of fair play.
Many people think Apple's consideration to move in with Verizon has to do only with Android. But, it has a lot to do with Microsoft too. Besides, even if Verizon supports iPhone, it won't be the only phone supported, they will have to continue supporting BB, LG, Smsng and others. I think this is very good news for consumers. Levelized playing field. Now, if only Apple can do it in time for Christmas, they could make a few more bucks!
Interesting question. Would Android be dominating new smartphone sales? Would it even have much market share at all?
Apple's exclusive with AT&T has allowed a competitor platform to take root and grow quite rapidly. Yes, having the iPhone on VZ will result in a big boost for iPhone sales. Many VZ customers who do not yet have a smartphone will choose iPhone instead of an Android phone for their first smartphone.
But will we see significant numbers of Android smartphone owners exchanging for an iPhone? I doubt it. In some cases, as you hinted, that would be a downgrade, not an upgrade.
According to Fortune, Apple sold 3% of the world's mobile phones in the first half of 2010 and took away 39% of the industry's profits. So I guess it's how you define number one. I also agree with Larry that there's not much difference among the providers. My rating would be poor for the whole bunch.
Why only Verizon? If Apple wants to be number one in cell phone market, as an option, they should market iPhone directly to customer and customer should be able choose service provider. Apple does this in Canada and they should start it in USA.
Apple could have stillborn all competition had they rolled out the iPhone across all providers when first introduced. How would the market be today had they offered the iPhone universally? It will be interesting to see how many phones are turned in at Verizon to up(down)-grade to iPhone.
Personally, I'm not looking forward to iPhones showing up on Verizon's network. Back when I was an AT&T customer every time a new iPhone came out the data network went to crap. I finally moved to Verizon, partly just to get away from it, and now it looks like it is following me there. I may have to check out Sprint...
Apple's impending move to expand it's providers to include Verizon proves one thing from my perspective. They are really worried about the Google Droid OS and Smartphones and their potential impact on their bottom line...