Does Apple Need Verizon iPhone to Combat Android Market Share?
According to the latest stats from CamScore, although the iPhone 4 sold out fast it didn’t help Apple’s decline in market share because during April and July this year their market share dropped 1.3 percent while apparently Android market share saw a 5 percent gain.
According to an article over on Intomobile by Marc Flores this is probably due to Android being available on numerous smartphones with every major US carrier, and isn’t showing any signs of slowing as more developers turn to Android.
However, the article quotes MocoNews as reporting the reason isn’t because Android is more widely available but rather because…” Interestingly, it’s not because Android is more widely available. In fact, Android is only available on 59 carriers vs. 154 for iPhone, but the issue is that Apple lacks deals with some of the world’s largest wireless carriers–Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD), Vodafone (NYSE: VOD) Germany, NTT DoCoMo (NYSE: DCM) and China Mobile.”
With the Droid collection of smartphones Verizon has 7 Android handsets on its network, and not one iPhone, and as Verizon is the largest carrier in the US maybe it’s time Apple took the plunge and delivered the Verizon iPhone to regain their lost market share.