Enterprise Mobility: Verizon iPhone Threatens to Disrupt Android, Windows Phone 7, Motorola, HTC Sales
The appearance of Apple's popular iPhone on Verizon Wireless' No. 1 wireless network in the U.S. has been something of a mythical unicorn for the past two years. But that legend has taken on some verve in the last few months, most recently thanks to Fortune. The publication Oct. 29 confidently confirmed the iPhone would come to Verizon early next year and actually called it Verizon's "Dream Phone" in the headline, which can only be seen as an exercise in editorial hyperbole. We don't know about that Dream Phone moniker. What we do know is that the smartphone ecosystem is evolving rapidly and that Verizon users who are tired the BlackBerry or who scorn Android have been begging for the iPhone. The Phone has captured a quarter of smartphone market share in the U.S. in three years. But it has seen its growth blunted by Google Android, which commands 20 percent of the market in just two years. Research in Motion, the market leader at roughly 40 percent, is fading, while Microsoft with Windows Phone 7 and Palm, after selling to HP, are poised to go on comeback trail this year and next with new smartphones. However, there is nothing on the market with more potential to disrupt smartphone market than the iPhone on Verizon's network. This is why eWEEK is taking a look at the vendors that will feel the greatest impact from a Verizon iPhone in this slideshow.