When you are in the market to buy an Android Smartphone, you just need to wait until an online phone retailer is offering the device of your desire for free with a 2-yr contract. The Apple iPhone 4 is on the other hand locked at a $199 price with a new 2-yr contract. This is only true for the United States as in Europe the iPhone is offered for free already since years depending on the contract you sign. But back to the United States. The sales success of Android phones is sure to be attributed in part for the $0 deals you can get on them. This advantage of Android phones is supposed to go away with a new line of Apple iPhones that would only cost half for carriers.
Right now Apple charges about $600 for an iPhone 4 to carriers. The new iPhone (codename: N97) would only cost about $300 based on a new report on the Wall Street Journal. This report says that the new budget iPhone would be half the size of the current iPhone. This ties into an rumor from Friday that Apple is indeed working on the fabled iPhone nano.
The new small iPhone would have an edge to edge screen (no home button) and voice navigation in addition to touch. The new iPhone would though need to have at least the resolution of the iPhone 3G to have the apps work on it. The new iPhone could be extremely sexy and at the same time free with contract. For Europe the new iPhone could mean a massive push into the prepaid market.
The WSJ also reports that MobileMe is going to get a major update. The long rumored iTunes in the cloud could come as early as June. All in all the 2011 is set to become another exciting year for Apple.