Google’s Android Likely to Lose as Verizon Gets IPhone

Google’s Android Is Likely to Lose Out, Verizon Sells IPhone
Many Verizon Wireless customers may pick the iPhone, right, over Android-based devices. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Google Inc. may lose business as Verizon Wireless starts selling Apple Inc.’s iPhone, giving the carrier’s customers a new alternative to smartphones running the Android operating system.

Verizon said today it will offer Apple’s iPhone 4 as of Feb. 10, and begin taking orders a week earlier. The Verizon iPhone may cannibalize about 2 million Android shipments a year, said Dan Hays, partner at consulting firm PRTM. Gartner Inc. said 20.5 million Android phones were sold in the third quarter.

“A lot of people who bought Android phones were buying it in lieu of an iPhone because they couldn’t get one on the Verizon network” said Charlie Wolf, a Needham & Co. analyst in New York.

At AT&T Inc. -- until now the exclusive U.S. iPhone carrier

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