It won't matter -- but don't tell that to The New York Times.
"Verizon could decide that it does not actually need the iPhone, thanks to its deepening ties with Google
I'm sorry, New York Times. Verizon does need the iPhone.
There's nothing wrong with Google's Android platform. It's slick. It's open. It's also wildly popular. Market watcher NPD Research reported that Android smartphones outsold iPhones in this country during the first three months of the year.
However, the problem with Android also rests with its open-source appeal. Droid X may prove to be the hot smartphone, but surely there will be an even cooler Android-peppered handset hitting the market in a few weeks.
Android plays the field. Just as Sprint Nextel
Verizon Wireless -- a joint venture between Verizon
Don't be surprised if the day that AT&T's deal with Apple ends, AT&T begins a sharp descent in subscribers as customers bolt. Assuming Verizon Wireless carries the iPhone at that time, it will be the primary beneficiary.
The audacity to claim that Verizon Wireless will be OK with Droid X and whatever other Android phones may come is just not realistic. Pssst. AT&T has Android phones, too, you know.
Carriers need differentiators. Sprint has that, for now, in some markets with its 4G coverage. AT&T has it with the iPhone. Verizon Wireless has the network coverage map, but it could do so much more if it eliminated the iPhone from AT&T's one-trick army.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz is mildly intrigued by Android smartphones, but not enough to loosen his iPhone grip. He does not own shares in any of the stocks in this story. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy, and it knows that roaming charges weren't billed in one day.