“Two in five smartphones sold in the U.S. this spring were iPhones. But that may not be good enough for Verizon Wireless,” Paresh Dave reports for The Los Angeles Times.
“The company must sell $23.5 billion worth of iPhones this year to meet a commitment it made to Apple Inc. in 2010, according to an investment research firm’s analysis of SEC filings,” Dave reports. “Because of slower-than-expected sales, Verizon now must double its iPhone sales of last year. If it falls short, the company could be on the hook for as much as $14 billion, Moffett Research said in a report released this week.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: A quick visit to Verizon Wireless’ homepage shows a very strong Apple presence* – with iPad, iPhone, and related accessories prominently featured, so that is good news at least. Hopefully, this extends into Verizon Wireless stores and the staff is not steering customers towards dervative, inferior, and insecure knockoffs instead of real Apple iOS devices.
As Verizon works to provide their customers with the world’s best mobile devices in order to meet their contractual commitment, this is very bad news for all of the other devices stuck running also-ran mobile OSes in the U.S. 🙂
*This could possibly be because we’re visiting on Macs, so Verizon serves us Apple products upfront. If anybody would volunteer to fire up Winblows and hit http://www.verizonwireless.com/ for us and report back what they see in the comments below, we’d appreciate it since we just ate.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]