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Apple gave up at least $30 billion of revenue by not launching a CDMA iPhone in 2007-2008

26 Jan

We have heard rumors that Apple was in discussion with Verizon to launch the iPhone. However, it was only in 2011 that Verizon started offering the iPhone. It has come to my attention that Verizon’s insistence on having an icon or two offering its own services and its refusal to offer the subsidies that AT&T offered could have been the deal breaker.

I realize that AT&T had an exclusive on the iPhone as it helped with development of the first generation iPhone. However, Apple could have given some concessions to AT&T on the rebate and launched the iPhone on Verizon in 2008.

Apple has sold around 150 million phones since the launch of the iPhone. I believe the number could have been close to 200 million if Apple had started offering the iPhone on networks like Verizon that use the CDMA network.  I strongly believe that the following would have happened if Apple had launched a CDMA iPhone  in 2007 or early 2008:

  • Limited Android’s market share to less than 25%. Remember, the first Android phone, the T-Mobile G1 did not launch till October 2008. More than fifteen months after the first iPhone went on sale and three months after the iPhone 3G went on sale.
  • Apple’s cumulative revenues could have been $30 billion (50m X $600) higher. I am assuming the average selling price per phone of $600(conservative).
  • Apple’s stock would be higher than $500 as the $30 billion in lost revenue would have generated additional earnings of $6-$7 billion at the minimum.

The biggest hurdle to offering the phone for GSM and CDMA could have been getting versions of both phones produced  have plagued virtually every release of the iPhone.

To be clear this post is not meant to be a rant against Apple which has executed exceptionally in the last decade. It is a simple – What if?


HTC set to launch Windows Phone 7 smart phones in India

14 Dec

Microsoft might have scheduled the launch of Windows Phone 7 in India for 2011 but it seems that HTC has plans of it’s own. The Taiwan-based smartphone manufacturer is all set to launch at least two Windows Phone 7 smartphones in India this month. We have been able to confirm from multiple sources that the first smartphone will be the HD7, HTC’s workhorse Windows Phone 7 smartphone.

Online retailer Flipkart pegs the Price of the HD7 at Rs 29,999. The HD7 has a 4.3-inch WVGA display, a 5.0 MP camera that can shoot videos in 720p resolution and a 1 GHz processor.

iPhone 4 launched in India? Not exactly…

2 Nov

When will Apple launch the iPhone 4 in India, seems to be the billion dollar question on everyone’s mind. Well, it seems online retailer Infibeam has the answer – RIGHT NOW! Infibeam is selling the iPhone 4 16 GB for 38,299 and the 32 GB variant for Rs 43,479 (notice how they refer to it as iPhone 4G and not iPhone 4). We called Infibeam to find out more and this is what they told us.


Initially, we were told that the phones were locked and we had to get them unlocked from a local ‘supplier.’ If the website says white version of the iPhone 4 is available, then it must be available. So what if Apple has not launched it yet. Then the receptionist (we assume) passed on the phone to another person who clarified that the phones were factory unlocked and the white version is not available, yet. When we quizzed him about Apple warranty on those phones, he claimed that the stock they have has been imported by Apple India, so users will get proper warranty.


All these claims simply don’t add up. It is just not possible for Apple not to announce the launch of iPhone 4 in India and give out stocks to retailers. That too not to its carrier partners but an Infibeam. We have reached out to Apple India for clarification on it. We believe that this is as good as buying the iPhone 4 from the grey market. So beware!


Thanks to @weemundo

Update: It ain't Android; Micromax to launch the world's first EVDO+GSM, dual-SIM, dual-standby phone tomorrow

19 Oct

micromax invite

We don’t mind admitting when we are wrong and boy, were we sniffing down the wrong tree last night when we reported Micromax’s plans to launch an Android smartphone tomorrow! (For the record, we have blacklisted those sources.) We can now confirm that tomorrow’s press conference will see the launch of an EVDO (REV A 3.1 Mbps)+GSM dual-SIM phone that will also have dual standby. This means that both your GSM and EVDO connections will run simultaneously. The phone is internally called the Micromax EG333 (EVDO+GSM) and at least the EVDO radio will run on Qualcomm’s chipset, while the GSM radio might be sourced from MediaTek.

On the specifications front, the EG333 has a 3.2-inch touchscreen, a 2.0 MP camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. It will support both Java and BREW apps and will have Nimbuzz, Facebook and YouTube apps pre-installed. It will be priced below Rs 8,000. And about that Android phone? Well, Micromax is still working on it and will be launching it soon.

UPDATE: Seems like we jumped the gun on this one as well. The launch of the EG333 is still some time away. Micromax is expected to announce the modu T phone instead.

Exclusive: Windows Phone 7 will launch in India in 2011

13 Oct

Smartphones running on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 operating system will be launched in India sometime next year only. While many European countries will get the first devices on October 21 and on November 11 in the US, Microsoft is still tying up some loose ends. According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “in India, the range of devices will roll out next year when we believe we will be able to deliver a richer smartphone experience with a service portfolio that will include paid applications through the Windows Phone MarketPlace.”

Garmin Asus to launch Android-powered Nuvifone A10 in India this month

1 Oct

Garmin Asus is planning to launch its first Android smartphone, the Nuvifone A10, in India this month. Announced at MWC earlier this year, the A10 will run on Android 2.1 and like its Windows Mobile siblings, will come pre-loaded with navigation software and maps for India. It has a 3.2-inch HVGA display, 4 GB of internal flash memory, a 5.0 MP camera and runs on Qualcomm’s 7227 processor clocked at 600 MHz.

The Nuvifone A10 is expected to be priced in the range of Rs 20,000-Rs 22,000. Garmin Asus hopes that consumers will be willing to pay a premium for its navigation service but considering that smartphones with similar specs are available under Rs 15,000, we are not very sure about it. Nevertheless, we will reserve our verdict till we get our paws on it.

Exclusive: Moto set to launch Dual-SIM phones in India (live pic and first impressions)

30 Sep

motorola dual sim phonesWe had reported Moto’s plans to launch Dual-SIM phones in India in early August and today we can confirm that the first two Dual-SIM phones will be launched any time now. The Dual-SIM phones will be branded under the EX series and one of the two phones is the first QWERTY Dual-SIM phone from a global vendor (the Big Five, as they are called) while the other will be a complete touch phone running on Moto’s proprietary OS. Both phones have a 3.0 MP camera.

The EX115, the QWERTY phone, will carry a price tag of Rs 5,990 (expect a street price of around Rs 5,000). It has a 2.3-inch QVGA display, FM radio, 3.5 mm audio jack, a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 GB cards and 50 MB of internal memory.

The EX128, which will be priced at Rs 6,990, has a 3.0-inch touchscreen and a slightly different UI than what we have seen in the ROKR E6. Rest of the specs are same as the EX115. During our brief hands on session with the EX128, we were impressed with the responsive touchscreen. It seems to be far better than what we have experienced on Samsung’s Corby series of touch phones and of course, Nokia’s 52xx series.

Both the phones have a dedicated social networking hub of sorts but we could not really tinker much with them during our short date with the two devices. We would be asking for too much, if we expect Motorola’s new Dual-SIM phones to compete with local players but as far as global brands are concerned, both of these phones have their own USPs.

Exclusive: It ain't just Airtel, many Indian carriers are bringing microSIMs. But why?

25 Sep

Yesterday, we wrote about Airtel’s microSIMs doing the rounds and we decided to do a little digging ourselves. And guess what, almost every carrier is planning to launch microSIM cards. At least one carrier, Aircel, is about to start retailing them for post-paid numbers. Our sources tell us that more carriers are planning to launch microSIM cards in the coming days and weeks.

But why would they do that, considering that the iPhone 4 is the only phone out there that uses microSIM cards and only two carriers – Airtel and Vodafone – are officially supposed to be launching it in India. Why would an Aircel or for that matter any other carrier launch microSIM cards?

There can be only two reasons:

1. There are more devices coming with microSIM card slots. Currently, it is only the iPhone 4 but probably other handset manufacturers also see merit in using microSIM cards and are planning to launch phones with these smaller SIM cards. But had that been the case, more carriers around the world would have been introducing them.

2. Apple is planning to launch factory unlocked iPhone 4/3G version of the iPad in India. We have our doubts about the iPhone 4, considering Apple already has a deal with Airtel and Vodafone for the past two years. But then stranger things have happened.

Exclusive: MOTO KEY to be a Nokia C3 rival, low-end QWERTY phone

30 Aug

At a time when all we expect from Motorola are some sexy droids, the big ‘M’ seems to have other plans too – especially ones targeting the lower-end of the spectrum. We can now confirm that one of those phones will be the Moto KEY, a phone with a QWERTY keypad aimed at text-savvy and online social networking crazy teens. The device will run on Moto’s proprietary OS and will compete with the Nokia C3.

Moto KEY specs:

Frequencies: Quad-band GSM/EDGE
Dimensions: 61x109x12.35 mm
Display: 2.3-inch QVGA
Weight: 102.2 gm
Talktime/Standby: 200 mins/250 hrs
Battery: 930 mAh
Memory: Internal 50 MB, microSD up to 32 GB
Camera: 3.0 MP
Others: QWERTY keypad, FM radio, 3.5 mm audio jack

We are not sure when Motorola will launch this phone but in order to remain relevant, it should be no later than the end of this year, lest we see Android smartphones breach the Rs 5,000 barrier.

Nokia set to launch Ovi Life Tools on RCom in India

18 Aug

After announcing Ovi Life Tools with Tata DoCoMo and Bharti Airtel, Nokia is all set to launch the service with Reliance Communications (RCom). Nokia and RCom are organising a press conference on August 20 and our sources indicate that it will be about Life Tools.

Ovi Life Tools is a SMS/USSD based service aimed at rural audience for providing information related to market rates, weather, news and education.