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Research firm: Apple to become MVNO, iPhone ‘inevitable’

Market research firm Visiongain believes Apple will launch an “iPhone” and become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) by the end of 2007. “Apple acknowledges the threat mobile handsets pose to portable MP3 players in the long term,” says Visiongain. “Apple will embrace mobile more fully and pose a greater threat to the mobile phone industry itself—as an MVNO challenging carriers and a cellphone brand challenging handset makers. Upcoming US MVNO Helio presents a good entry strategy for Apple’s iPhone, an own-brand Apple mobile phone that is likely to be launched by the company. Indeed, the release of which is both logical and inevitable.”

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Comments

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If Apple can cross the iPod with a Treo I’d snap it up in a second!  Unfortunately, if its just an iPod crossed with a regular phone I’ll have to stick with my Treo.

Posted by Cool Cat on April 19, 2006 at 4:20 PM (CDT)

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Plenty of people would greatly prefer not to have to carry more than one device for all their portable digital needs. By all reports, Sony Ericsson seems to be doing quite well saleswise with their convergent phones. If RIM ever got around to doing one of their devices with the capability of handling audio media, I’d be all over it.

While battery life is always a concern, if the device manufacturers would just force their suppliers to make and supply better batteries rather than just going with the lowest bidder every time I suspect most issues with anemic charge life would go away. Even if the battery tech continues to be as bad as it is now, if the manufacturers (hint, Apple?) would only ALLOW their users to CHANGE OUT the battery on the fly, life would be good enough.

Posted by flatline response on April 19, 2006 at 9:22 PM (CDT)

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When I use my ipod, I just want to listen to my music, and I don’t want anything to disrupt me. I can not imagine some one would want to listen to half a song, pick up a conversation and go back to the song. If this is the future, I want no part of it.

Posted by tony on April 20, 2006 at 2:58 PM (CDT)

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