“Much has been said about Apple’s first phone — most of it tainted with feverish hyperbole,” Tero Kuittinen writes for RealMoney.com.

 
“But a week after the grand announcement, it is striking how limited the device seems at a second glance,” Kuittinen writes. “The iPhone’s willful disregard of the global handset market will come back to haunt Apple.”

 

MacDailyNews Take: What part of Steve Jobs’ following statements from his Macworld Expo iPhone introduction does Kuittinen not understand?

iPhone is a Quad-band GSM + EDGE phone. We have decided to go with the most popular international standard which is GSM. We’re on that bandwagon; headed on that roadmap and plan to make 3G phones and all sorts of other amazing things in the future… We’re going to be shipping in in June in the U.S. We’re going to Europe, hopefully, by the fourth calendar quarter of this year and Asia in 2008. – Apple CEO Steve Jobs

So, where’s Kuittinen’s proof of Apple’s “willful disregard of the global handset market?” Answer: he has none.

Kuittinen continues, “While the price revolution of 2006 redefined the smart-phone market in Europe and Asia, several major markets have simultaneously made a decisive transition to 3G. Practically every new smart-phone features third-generation technology, and operators have all but stopped subsidizing high-end phones that do not support 3G. Instead, subsidies in Europe and Asia are geared toward phones with keypads (so people will send as many text messages as possible) and two cameras (so that they’ll engage in video calls).”

MacDailyNews Take: Again, why does Kuittinen continue on with the false premise that Apple will not be releasing a 3G iPhone in markets that support 3G well? And, how did Kuittinen miss the iPhone’s keyboard and SMS features?

Kuittinen continues, “Jobs seems to have gone out of his way to demonstrate his contempt toward mobile operators and their acute concern for 3G revenue generation. And he did this with a $700 platinum turkey of a phone. Without heavy subsidies to push the price below $400, its chances of success in Europe and Asia are slim indeed.”

MacDailyNews Take: Yet again, no proof that the iPhone won’t support 3G in Europe and Asia or that the iPhone carriers won’t subsidize. The iPhone does not cost $700, either.

Kuittinen continues, “There’s a certain type of Northern Californian tech expert who has never seen a successful high-end consumer technology product that failed to hit it big in America, and he can’t grasp that the rest of the world is a very different market. This affliction seems to plague Apple executives… What is the common theme regarding the key specification decisions made for the Apple phone? California. There is no decent W-CDMA network coverage in California, so 3G support may seem superfluous from a regional point of view. Plus, the lack of a keypad may not be a problem for people who have never used a smart phone and may not be heavy text-messagers.”

MacDailyNews Take: You have to be a certain type of moron to think Apple will launch the exact same iPhone showed in January 2007 in Europe in fourth quarter 2007 and Asia in 2008 while not being able to grasp that there’s no proof that Apple would do such a thing, especially after Apple’s CEO said as much during the product’s high-profile introduction.

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