For all those cell phone companies trying to figure out how to beat AT&T’s stranglehold on the iPhone; here’s a strategy that will let you go past it.
Create a new phone. It should be simple. It should include only a contact list, SMS, and voice mail. It should not include calendars, mp3 players, or anything else. It should be sleek, simple and stylish.
It should have one other feature: it should be able to act as a very short range WAP using wifi, bluetooth, or usb.
Because then a person can buy an iPod Touch or any other wifi, bluetooth, or usb networkable device and use your service. Notice that the same phone can be used to connect a laptop, a netbook, a PDA, or anything else.
This concept beats the iPhone in the same sense that a toolbox beats a swiss army knife.
Unfortunately, I don’t see many people carrying toolboxes in their pants pockets.