Kevin Maney in Appolicious Advisor thinks we’re all better off without a Verizon iPhone:
You probably want the best smart phone (arguably Apple’s iPhone) on the best U.S. network (Verizon’s) – not the best smart phone on a so-so network or a so-so smart phone on the best network.
Because Verizon and Sprint have been shut out of the iPhone, they’ve had to look for alternatives to keep its most demanding, highest-revenue customers from migrating over to AT&T. That gave breathing room to phones based on Google’s Android, allowing them to flourish as Verizon and Sprint drove phone makers to please come up with something to counter the iPhone.
So, somehow, having iPhone on Verizon and Sprint and AT&T would have stifled the Android smart phone market? Except that Android also does well competing against the iPhone on AT&T, and on dozens of cell phone markets world wide where iPhone is sold.
Maney’s hypothesis is nuts. The reason there’s no iPhone on Verizon is simple. CDMA. Next year, when everyone switches to LTE, we’ll have the iPhone 5 (or, maybe iPhone 4G) that runs on nearly all networks.