Apple Seeks Global iPhone Dominance

by Matt Klassen on April 29, 2011

I’ve often joked about my surprise at seeing just how many different kinds of people in our world own cellphones (often Nokia devices); from the Bedouin nomads in the Jordanian deserts to the poorest Tibetan goat herders, they may not have money, but they still have cellphones.

For its part, while Apple has enjoyed unprecedented success in the North American mobile market, there are two reasons in particular that have kept the average mobile user in the 2/3s world away from the iPhone: cost and network compatibility. Heck, the latter has been one of the key reasons why Apple’s iPhone has never been as popular as RIM’s Blackberry for international business travellers, as who wants to have to worry about whether or not their phone is compatible with the network of the country they’re in?

But if the latest rumours turn out to be true, Apple may be looking to solve that particular issue with the release of a GSM/CDMA compatible iPhone, one that would work on either network and one that would certainly extend Apple’s indomitable mobile reach across the globe.

As I mentioned, both cost and compatibility issues have long hindered the worldwide success of Apple’s iPhone, allowing current frontrunners like Nokia and RIM to dominate the global mobile business communications market. Further, for Nokia at least, the Finnish company has been able to saturate the lower income areas of the 2/3s world with its cheaper cellphones, a consumer market that will soon be looking to upgrade to smartphones once they become affordable.

It is in both these areas that Apple is looking to concentrate, although it’s unclear if both issues will be addressed in the same device. In regards to the compatibility issue though, Verizon CFO let slip in a recent conference call regarding the company’s fiscal quarterly report that the true success of a Verizon iPhone will only be known when a global device is released.

His quote is as follows: “The fluctuation, I believe, will come when a new device from Apple is launched, whenever that may be, and that we will be, for the first time, on equal footing with our competitors on a new phone hitting the market, which will also be a global device.”

While its not much to go on, its certainly a significant indicator that Apple is at least planning to develop a GSM/CDMA compatible phone, and couple that with earlier rumours that Apple is looking to create a scaled down, more affordable version of the iPhone for worldwide release, and its clear that Apple’s quest towards world domination is far from over…in fact, it may have just begun.

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