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  • bmk4669 bmk4669 Oct 14, 2007 7:30 AM Flag

    Google phone thoughts way off base

    Has anybody thought that the google phone might be some sort of partnership with Apple?

    Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, is on the board of Apple. Bill Campbell, a long time Apple board member, is a key adviser to Google.

    If Google were really working on a competitive product the two directors would need to severe ties with the other company.

    I don't think this is the case. Google makes Internet based applications and Apple makes hardware, operating systems, and has a music download service.

    It might be an interesting partnership.

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    • While the current model iPhones can be gPhones, all gPhones will most likely not be the current model iPhones because they are highend phones.

      Apple may make an inexpensive iPhone for Google to use as a gPhone. gPhones will likely be completely free and payed for by advertizing.

      Time will tell.

    • I'm of the belief that there's definitely a strategic alliance between the two companies. Corporate governance/securities law dictates survival of the corporation as its fundamental tenent; Schmidt and others would not be on the board, especially because of the sensitive nature of the company's strategies.

      Secondly, SIP is what's now and next and there is a large wi-fi infrastructure being built across the US and it's way beneath the nois; within the year (maybe a little longer), iPhone users will be able to reduce their AT&T plans to the minimal amount rquired by the 2 year contract.

      What still has me icurious is the FCC auction this winter and how the company will behave; strategically it is a major piece for Apple's ecosystem.

    • We know that Google and Apple have a cooperative agreement, whether that extends to a formal partnership we may never know. I don't think they are obligated to expose that information under SEC rulings but I may be wrong. There is no reason I see to hide a Google phone from Apple since Apple I am sure worked with Google on the iPhone. Could they compete in the cellphone markets and still have some kind of relationship? I think so, especially if each phone targeted a different segment. The Google phone well may be a VoIP phone (a free or low cost service) whereas Apple is working with AT&T and others in the paid phone market. Apple could still permit VoIP services over their iPhone through third-parties in the same way web access is provided across various competing devices with computers, PDAs and smart phones. The web portal and VoIP is a part of it is open to all.

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      • I think you are missing the point. The phones may not compete but I personally don't want Google to have any insight into our strategy at all if we view them as competition today or tomorrow. It is hard to answer the question since we don't know what Google is working on with the phone.

        If their is partnership I feel different.

        If it is anyway close or could intersect down the road Eric Schmidt should resign from the Apple board and Bill Campbell should severe his ties with Google as a consultant.

        He is going to get insider visibility into everything Apple is doing or plans to do with the iphone. How could that not cause an issue down the road if Google gets into the mobile phone business as a service provider.

        If I were Apple's largest partners - AT&T, etc... I would demand it.

    • People tend to forget that AAPL and GOOG are on the same side fighting a common enemy. Don't let these bashers twist the facts and have you beleive otherwise!

      <<<Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, is on the board of Apple. Bill Campbell, a long time Apple board member, is a key adviser to Google.>>> Now thats a priceless fact!!

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