The new iPhone from Apple will be released on June 29, and it is going to be a huge hit. This is such a revolutionary device it almost wants to make me cancel my long term Verizon contract to make a break for AT&T. Leaving Verizon, which has the best call quality, most competent support technicians, and system that just works for a shaky company with horrible telephone support and awful product support is a huge undertaking.
But the reason I am seriously considering moving to the aforementioned disaster that is AT&T is because the new iPhone ecosystem is controlled entirely by Apple.
Before the iPhone, cellphone companies did everything in their power to reduce the usefulness of your phone. Cellphone companies make money by requiring you to use their network for any type of data transfer. Want to save a copy of your priceless photo? That will be $.50. Oh, and you want to download your wallpaper – please pay $.25. Want to use the tetris game you paid $9.99 for? Oh sorry, you can’t use this on any other phone or computing device.
The cellphone companies created a money pit that is your cellphone device and up until now there was nothing we could do about it.
Apple has created a device that will bypass the cellphone monopoly and let you use your phone as a true data device. Apple has freed your music, games, podcasts and programs so you can take your essential data and entertainment with you.
It shouldn’t be revolutionary to be able to have truly portable data, but it was pre-iphone.
Verizon won’t know what hit them, and will be scrambling to license a device that interacts with your computer.