Hoping to not get lost in today’s Nexus S news cycle is a report by analyst Shaw Wu of Kaufman Bros who believes that Verizon will pay to keep the iPhone away from Sprint and T-Mobile. I believe it’s safe to say that analyst opinions like this are often steeped in fantasy more so than fact but it’s an interesting proposition. Where we take issue with the logic is that Wu believes Android has begun to “lose some of its luster” at Verizon. That’s where Wu might be lost in a little bit of a fantasy world since there is no indication of an Android slowdown at Verizon or pretty much anywhere else on earth.
That being said, there is little question Verizon would do well to pick up the iPhone. It’s a handset likely to draw millions of potential subscribers. However, to say it’s being done because Android is losing its popularity has me believing the whole “analyst” concept is something that perhaps needs to fall by the wayside. While the Android faithful might hope for otherwise, the iPhone and Android can (and will) peacefully co-exist on Verizon and both will be likely to find happy homes within Verizon’s 93 million customers. The same can be said for both Sprint and T-Mobile. Both OS’s are capable of a co-existing lifestyle and we can only hope that Shaw Wu is just having a bad morning and that T-Mobile is likely to grab the iPhone in the future.