"But I am sure they will do very well with the iPhone and it will limit adoption of Android on Verizon to some extent," he said. If priced correctly, the new iPhone could dampen Android sales, he added.
Ken Dulaney, an analyst at Gartner, said that whatever direction Verizon and Apple take on the radio capability, "this [Verizon iPhone] is a big deal."
He predicted that many smartphone users who are frustrated with AT&T network service for iPhone will move over to Verizon, including many financial services workers in New York who have been especially critical of AT&T service there.
"There is money out there for this new iPhone on Verizon," Dulaney said.
"People find money under mattresses to buy lots of things they don't need right away," he added. "Just watch how many kids buy $500 Nike shoes when they come out. I have seen 5 million and 10 million estimates for [Verizon iPhone] sales. The number is probably somewhere in the middle. But who cares? The iPhone on Verizon is going to be a big success and for a while many new and re-enlisting users will buy the iPhone and not a BlackBerry or Android device."
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