Verizon cuts smartphone prices to $99 .
In the previous post, I said that increasingly we will see people buy a combination(package) of apps and devices.
The Verizon trend is likely to catch on. It’s hard for device manufacturers to make money on $99 retail. So, I suspect that we will start to see people buy devices and apps together.
This is interesting and apps could be a real a differentiator going forward
See also the approach with the INQ1. Cool social media phones and we see a trend where the software(and Web services) becomes more important than(and integrated deeply with) the hardware.
Qs is: Are phones becoming more like consoles?
In a sense, they always were. (given for free) but the difference is: Are the ‘titles’ (mobile apps) going to make a difference when people buy phones – similar to titles on gaming consoles?
Consider this – I start to use specific apps. so when my next upgrade comes I want to use those apps and also more..
Substitute ‘consoles’ by ‘phones’ and ‘games’ by ‘apps’ .. and you have an interesting scenario ..