Verizon Wireless's move to offer Apple's iPhone might have an adverse effect on the sales of smartphones running on Google's Android operating system, analysts have claimed.
Dan Hays of management consultation firm PRTM claims that a Verizon iPhone might end up eating into 2 million Android smartphone sales every year.
Verizon is expected to announce the CDMA version of the iPhone at an event today, ending Apple's exclusive tie-in with AT&T in the US.
According to Business Week, the iPhone accounted for 80 per cent of all smartphone purchases on AT&T.
Based on the popularity of the iPhone, Verizon customers are expected to purchase the Apple device in droves, foregoing an Android smartphone in the process.
Some experts also believe that Verizon Android customers might even switch to an iPhone once it is launched on the network.
Charlie Wolf, an analyst with Needham & Co., told Business Week: “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.”