It will take more than a miracle as this year other providers are rumored to be getting the i-phone. So all those new subscribers will just add to these numbers. Not t mention anyone wanting a phone with app availability on any provider why would they get anything else really. Until one of these cell phone companies (OEM not provider) males something that dwarf's it hardware and capability wise there's not much reason. This is Windows in the cell phone market the more people that use it the more applications there are for it, the more apps and convenience is afforded it the more people who want it and it goes round and round. Something like that xpphone with even better hardware maybe. The only ones I see doing it are Google or M$ and they would have to have apps available at launch. Of course Apple could stick with At&T who cannot handle the usage very well and loose that way especially with several other providers having 4G sometime this year but they don't.
Really, so Apple will finally opt out of their initial contract with AT&T? That would be very interesting indeed, hopefully it'll force AT&T to lower the ridiculous $30 monthly data charge.
Zune HD, while a very capable media player and a worthy adversary to the Ipod Touch has this exact same problem. While Apple's app store is teaming with programs of every variety, there's has a few basic items like calculator, etc. There's a huge community of programmers out there who have become rich through the App store, but like the article mentioned, 0.6% just isn't worth their trouble.
The only way out for MIcrosoft is if a few very groundbreaking apps for the Zune are released that revolutionize the device for a sector of the population (Pandora, Yelp, Waze, NYTimes, Facebook Epocrates, etc). Then they can hope for the trickle down effect.
Hey gibbersome if you get a smart phone on any service provider you have to get a data package to. The only ones I am currently looking at is Verizon (my current carrier), At&t, and Sprint. They are all pretty much the same on the extra 30 -50 depending on your amount of data allowed per month. Although Verizon does offer a 9.99 one for very light usage. Either way for a web capable phone you have to get it from any of them.
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