Apple Projects 25 Mil iPhones in 2007

This report from ThinkSecret is interesting, but I have another theory.

A few weeks ago I went with my friend to get a new cell phone. We went to Best Buy, where they carried all the major brands and providers. One of the things that I found interesting is that they had a ESPN phone. I had kind of heard of it, but never paid much attention to it. But my friend is a big sports enthusiast, so I asked him if he was interested. He said, “No, I don’t want service from ESPN. I bet there service coverage sucks.” I immediately though that they were covered by another provider. Well that was not the case.

Last night I was watching the NBC premiere of Heros. I had it on my DVR, so I was fast forwarding though the commercials, but something caught my eye so I went back. It was a commercial for Disney Mobile. Okay that is interesting, two new cellphone networks both from basically the same company, Disney. And who is Disney’s largest stock holder? Steve Jobs. Could this mean that Apple might be using Disney’s wireless network for there phone? I find all of this very interesting.

From ThinkSecret report.

Apple and Cingular have signed an agreement that will make the US’ largest cell phone provider the exclusive carrier of Apple’s forthcoming phone, sources report. Apple’s iPhone remains on track for an early 2007 release.

As previously reported, Apple’s phone will feature a candy-bar design with a 2.2-inch display and 3 megapixel camera. Robust iTunes and iSync support will also be delivered with the phone.

Apple’s exclusive contract with Cingular is said to be good for the first six months, sources report, meaning other providers will be able to sell the phone in the second-half of 2007. Cingular had an exclusive on the Motorola ROKR—the first phone to feature iTunes—when it launched last year.

Sources say Apple is in talks with providers in other parts of the world on exclusive deals, but are short on specifics. O2 had the exclusive on the ROKR in Europe, however, suggesting that provider may again be tapped to launch Apple’s phone.

Meanwhile, insiders say Apple is internally estimating that shipments of the iPhone will top a staggering 25 million in 2007 alone. Motorola’s RAZR, by contrast, has sold more than 50 million units since its launch in late 2004. Apple is betting a phone with Apple’s iconic design, elegant interface, and iPod-matching functionality will be a strong draw for users who currently carry both devices on them.

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~ by jpicune on September 26, 2006.

One Response to “Apple Projects 25 Mil iPhones in 2007”

  1. Yea, wierd but it’s not going to use their mobile network I bet it’s going to be Cingular Raising the bar ! (yea right).

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