With the second-generation Apple
This past Monday, the head of Deutsche Telekom's
While T-Mobile's iPhone markets -- which include Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria -- are only a small subset of nearly two dozen international markets, the acceptance of the second-generation iPhone is better than with the first. Initially, many Europeans balked at paying a premium price for a device that browsed the Web at relatively slow speeds and were irked that the device didn't take advantage of the latest 3G networks.
But now that European carriers have cleared the way for the new iPhone by deeply discounting the first generation, consumers appear to be responding well to the latest edition. And while many problems have been noted, consider that -- relative to other global phone makers such as Nokia
What's interesting, though, is that the microanalysis among Apple zealots brings the quality of carrier networks to the forefront. Many bloggers are pulling the curtain back on how different carriers manage their networks and the bandwidth-thirsty devices like the iPhone. AT&T
I'm sure the iPhone still needs plenty of improvements. But overall, Apple has made a wildly successful entrance into the mobile market and is raising the performance bar for accompanying services as well.
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