Analyst Wu: 3G Apple iPhone concerns ‘overdone and misplaced’

“The absence of a 3G iPhone from Apple’s product portfolio has been a hot topic amongst investors, but any concerns in that department are currently a bit overblown, says a new report from one Wall Street analyst,” Slash Lane reports for AppleInsider.

“In a brief research note to client investors on Monday, American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu said he’s frequently asked about the lack of a 3G iPhone and what it means for Apple. He explained, however, that he sees these ongoing concerns as ‘overdone and misplaced’ at present, and outlined four key data points in defense of his beliefs,” Lane reports.

• 3G (WCDMA/UMTS/HSPA) is still a relatively niche technology and not widely deployed in the US
• 3G is not as field tested as 2/2.5G
• Costs of 3G iPhone parts would also be somewhat steep
• 3G Battery Hog: 3G requires about 35-40 percent more power than 2/2.5G

More in the full article here.


  1. Even in a small country like the UK 3G coverage is patchy at best, and mostly in metro areas where you’re just as likely to find wi-fi coverage anyway.

    On my Vodafone usb modem, I’ve picked up 3G maybe six times in the last year.

  2. @ MXNT41

    No, we were saying it, but too many analists and techno geeks chose to ignore us.

    Doesn’t matter anyway. Ask the man on the street about 3G and you’ll get a blank stare. All the users care about is that it just works.

    Plus, what good is 3G when you live somewhere it’s not. Which is about 90% of the US.

  3. …iPhone concerns ‘overdone and misplaced’?

    Are you kidding me? NO concerns are overdone and misplaced when it comes to Apple. The fact is you just can’t trust these guys. Have you forgotten Apple’s overpriced, proprietary computers? The clear and present danger when it comes to the I-POD/I-Tunes monopoly? Glossy screens? From what I’ve seen you can’t scrutinize Apple too much.

    That’s why I use a Dell Ditty with unlimited subscription-based music via Microsoft’s great partner Napster. I get loads of great music and an a fantastic choice of ‘Plays-for-Sure’ devices. In my case I got a Ditty. Dell, Microsoft and Napster are all watching my back instead of locking me into Apple’s awful proprietary system.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  4. Hey, I just checked out Amazon’s Top Sellers for MP3 players, and 9 of the top 10 are iPods, with one Zune. In all, there are 13 iPods in the top 25.
    But that’s not the interesting bit. The interesting bit is the number of reviews. Most of the players have 100-150 reviews. The Zune has over 1000, with 456 rated 5 stars.
    The original Shuffle only has 481 reviews and it’s been on sale 2 years.


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