The NYTimes posts a graph of Android and iPhone on the four big US mobile networks. Next month sales will surely continue to rise as Apple starts selling the iPhone on the Verizon network. But if Apple wants to fend off the iPhone's rivals, will it have to sell its signature mobile device on other networks as well? Some analysts say yes.
At the moment, the iPhone faces its fiercest competition from Google's Android platform, which's closely nipping at Apple's heels. Part of the reason for Android's success is that it's available on all the major United States carriers, according to numbers available from comScore, which monitors mobile phone use.
Nearly half the active Android devices in the United States are operated on Sprint and T-Mobile.
Apple may not want to divert its attention to other carriers until the Verizon iPhone is available, and any problems have been worked out. "I think there is enormous pent-up demand for an iPhone on Verizon and I expect that Apple will focus this year on making that relationship a success," said Mark Donovan, a senior mobile analyst for comScore.