Some stuff was being throw around today on our staff email we thought you guys should weigh in on because we’ve degraded into sending each other crazy photoshops. David K seems to think that this supposed CDMA iPhone is going to close the market that Microsoft is hoping to grab onto this “Holiday” season with their impending, yet ambiguous release of Windows Phone 7. He’s of the opinion that because Verizon only offers Android smart phones (because let’s face it; No one counts Blackberries anymore,) that Verizon’s large untapped market would suddenly have a lot more competition and advertising to deal with.
I felt inclined to agree with him but at the same time, the iPhone has been out for long enough where anyone who wanted one has either switched over to AT&T or realized how stupid they were being and gotten an awesome Android phone like the Evo or the Droid X. “Wait,” you say. “There have to be some people that are on Verizon and still want an iPhone.” I agree. Problem is that as soon as AT&T loses their exclusivity on the iPhone I also believe that they will lose their inclination to suck so bad in their phone selection and also flood with higher end Android phones we’ve been deprived of. The market is going to be tougher than Chuck Norris with Rhino lining for skin.
I think Microsoft stands a good chance if they can execute. I think that this is actually more likely than people give them credit for. Microsoft has a great history of releasing a really shitty product and then turning everything around with the next release. Think about the product cycle of Windows and how many crappy versions come out to tide people over. From 98 (which I’m counting as decent comparatively speaking) we have ME and 2000 which were awful. Then XP came out and it was awesome again. Windows Mobile has had similar ups and downs from basically “being” the smart phone market to that “other” category Simmons talks about so often. With this new release I feel like it’s time for Microsoft to have that R&D pay off.
Well now that you know what we were arguing about we need you to settle it. Do you think Windows Phone 7 has any room in the market if a CDMA iPhone were to be released, and how will the handset/carrier entrenchment shuffle if so?