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To appreciate this lineup of phones, it is pertinent to understand the history and the stakes that different companies had in this phone.
Apple : On June 29, 2007, Apple released the iPhone which changed the playing ground for many companies. The iPhone was the first of its kind and it clearly had no competition.
AT&T : Apple’s iPhone was available only through AT&T. AT&T benefited when the iPhone frenzy hit its high, as people had to move to AT&T if they wanted the iPhone.
Verizon : Word has it that Apple first wanted to sign a deal with Verizon, but both the companies failed to come to terms with the deal. Verizon wanted the Verizon logo on the iPhone and Apple refused it. Though arguably, they had the best network, they did not have a great phone to champion their strength.
Motorola : After Motorola Razr, this company did not have a sensational moment. They had to prove themselves.
Google : Whoever thought that Google would complete with Apple in the mobile market? Google buys the Android operating system for mobile platform in 2005.
A couple of years go by with the iPhone rule. It required Verizon, Motorola and Google to come together to provide a challenge for the Apple iPhone.
Enter Droid. It was the pièce de résistance for Motorola, Verizon and Google.
On October 28, 2009, Verizon released the Motorola Droid, which runs on Google’s Android OS after a heavy campaign . The Droid did everything right. It was on the right network, on an open source platform, had multitasking, appealed to the technically inclined as it was customizable in every possible way. As is with any open source network, it soon had a big following and the community rooted the phone, built its own custom ROMs and overclocked the CPUs.
Apple realized that it should not have shut Verizon off. AT&T network is not the worst, but it definitely left a lot to be deserved, so much so that the iPhone users started an Operation Chokehold to let the world know about the limitations of AT&T network. Though it did not really choke, it drove home the point.
Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. The idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!
The mobile users are still divided. Some would swear by the iPhone and some would swear by any Android phone.
Apple is planning to release a Verizon iPhone in a few weeks from now. Motorola has since released many more Droids. Google has gained enough steam and has taken off. The Droid did and still does. In the Droid, the iPhone met more than its match and the war continues.
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