“It didn’t take Apple long to make its mark on the mobile-phone industry. In the first year after the introduction of the iPhone, Apple grabbed handset share from rivals including Research In Motion while AT&T, the only authorized U.S. provider of iPhone service, used the device to lure customers from Alltel and T-Mobile USA. Imagine the ripple effect of a cheaper, faster, more feature-packed version of the iPhone,” Olga Kharif reports for BusinessWeek.
“Not only has Apple whacked as much as $200 from the iPhone price and made it capable of working on a faster wireless network, but the company is also adding a wide range of software features that may make it more appealing to consumers and business users alike. The new iPhone is due in July,” Kharif reports.
“Now that AT&T is boosting its subsidy of the iPhone, chances are other operators will follow suit—especially on iPhone copycats. ‘Most people want the iPhone, just as they want the iPod and not some other MP3 player,’ says Gloria Barczak, professor of marketing at Northeastern University. ‘People want the real thing.’ Consumers will need an incentive to settle for something other than the iPhone, she says,” Kharif reports.
“Handset makers, currently benefiting from double-digit growth in the overall smartphone market, could have their share of iPhone-related headaches, too. While carriers are the ones that absorb subsidies, they can also step up pressure on their suppliers to cut prices on bulk orders. What’s more, if iPhone sales surge as many analysts expect, market share for rival handset makers will erode,” Kharif reports.
More in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]