re: Apple's War Against Google: Time For New Tactics
Thomas - you are so right! Apple does need to loose the reins. While people praise Apple for their super-successful iPhone sales, they forget that Apple initially only allowed iPhones on limited carriers globally which enabled their inferior competition to rise on other carriers. They did it so that they could put the pricing screws to the carriers for exclusivity, thereby birthing their nemesis, Android. Long term, their control lost them control and will continue to do so.
And now we see carriers starting to revolt under the pricing pressure from Apple. In the US, carriers are not allowed to alter pricing for iPhones - and carriers get charged more for iPhones than other similar phones (supposedly). Verizon recently added an 'upgrade' fee for new phones, but have dropped Android phones down in price - AND if you make a fuss when buying, you have a very good chance of getting them to discount an Android phone further. For example, the new 16GB Galaxy S III is $199 and the 32GB version is $249 on pre-order. Previously, before the upgrade fee was introduced, 32GB flagship Android phones were $299. Verizon has, in effect, increased the cost to purchase iPhones only. I just read a report this week that said the Droid Razr (and/or Maxx) outsold iPhone on Verizon... evidence that it is starting to happen.
I can hear Princess Leia saying to Apple - "The more you tighten your grip, Apple, the more smart-phones will slip through your fingers"...