A Few Points To Think About Before You Grab A Verizon iPhone

First of all I have to admit to all of you that I love my iPhone.  I can honestly say that there is not a thing that I’ve tried to do in my professional and personal life that I have not been able to find an app to make it easier. I was huge blackberry fan until I had pushed my BB to the max in terms of what I asked it to do. This forced me to break down an IPhone in the first place.  When people I meet ask me about my IPhone I tell them straight away how great it is  and  a lot of times I hear the phrase “ I’m going to wait until it comes to Verizon because I heard  all the problems  the phones have on the AT&T network.” I would just have to  say ok  but you don’t know what your missing .

But now the wait is over and the IPhone is coming to Verizon and of course people are ready to flock to the Verizon store to buy an IPhone. But before you do that I raise a few points to consider.

  • There has never been a phone that created a network effect like the IPhone. I don’t even believe that AT&T expected it to change the way people access cellar networks and the user behavior would change forever.
  • Verizon has never had a data intensive phone before. People will say the Droid phone is comparable but that effect was shared across multiple carriers and no single carrier had to bear the weight of that effect. So will the flipside occur that you can always make calls but not always have speedy access to your apps?
  • The IPhone ecosystem is massive now so a new IPhone more to choose from. When the IPhone launch the concept of an app store was brand new but now with thousands of Apps and billions of downloads the leap from new user to data hungry user is short.
  • Will you be able to make calls and use apps? If not then I don’t even need to say anymore.

I could think of more reasons to consider but I believe that is enough for you to ponder before you stand in line at VZW store in Febuary. So  if you decide to switch come back and let me know how it goes. On last point, are the guaranteed to get the IPhone 5 in June?

Will Mobile Supply Meet Minority Mobile Demand in 2011?

Originally featured on the huffingtonPost and Business Insider

With all the challenges minorities face in this country with broadband adoption, we still outpace other demographics when it comes to adoption in the mobile space. There are numerous reasons for this, from portability and lack of computer ownership to the multitude of options from major carriers to prepay services like virgin mobile and boost mobile. Regardless of the reason, minorities are leading the surge and not just in the basic mobile services but in the cutting edge areas such as mobile video.

So with the apparent demand in this space, the question still remains why is there still such a lack of relevant content and applications for this audience? In the Apple store, and Android marketplace you would be hard pressed to find options there that are geared to minorities, especially African Americans and Hispanics. Some of the larger media outlets that appeal to these audiences have “stuck their toes in the water” in terms of their attempts to establish a presence on these platforms but nothing to show a firm commitment to providing relevant services to their audiences on these platforms on a consistent basis.

So the question I pose is will that change the 2011? I’ve been telling people that 2011 will be the year of the iPad with it being the hot gift of the holiday season but will iPhone sales still surging and carriers essentially giving android phones away the market will only get bigger in 2011. Will media companies and app developers see this opportunity and start to provide apps and relevant content for this audience? The impact on not only existing community online would be significant not to mention the ability to draw more people who have not adopted broadband with the appeal of relevant offerings. With the opportunity so big and the stakes so high, who do you think will take the lead in 2011? Let me know your thoughts?