Re: Coincidence or the end to contracts
@vnewman, you may have a point, brand loyalty is hard to peg sometimes. But I just saw on another article on this site where Apple phones only 15% of market anyway. They may keep that loyal 15% but have to bring prices inline to expand that.
At our biz unit, we just went BYOD versus me managing everything thru Corp AT&T contract. What I've observed is people who were getting Samsung Galaxy or iPhone when I was getting subsidized $199 or $299 price are now buying all kinds of different things when buying the phone is their responsibility. Our policy is to kick in $500 towards a phone every 2-3 years (if they need phone), the rest on them. $500 doesn't cover either Galaxy or iPhone now (I expect that to change rapidly), people are buying other types of Android phones under that price point.
Much like computer market, I expect the hardware to become commodity and the o/s to drive the allegiance. Will be interesting to see this play out.