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Verizon big winner from having iPhone? Not so fast

Dan Mead, left, CEO of Verizon Wireless, and Tim Cook, COO of Apple, announce that Verizon Wireless will carry Apple's iPhone, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Dan Mead, left, CEO of Verizon Wireless, and Tim Cook, COO of Apple, announce that Verizon Wireless will carry Apple's iPhone, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011 in New York.
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Verizon Wireless would seem to be a big winner now that it will start selling the iPhone and break Apple Inc.’s monogamous relationship with AT&T Inc. in the U.S.

But for several reasons, the iPhone’s arrival to Verizon is poorly timed, and Verizon’s gains won’t be as clear-cut as one might think.

There’s no doubt a Verizon iPhone will attract millions of buyers, and it will give the country’s largest wireless carrier a chance to catch up with AT&T in attracting high-paying smart-phone customers.
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Samsung Galaxy S phones do Android proud

This photo taken Aug. 13, 2010, shows the Samsung Captivate, left, Samsung Epic 4G, center, and the Samsung Vibrant phones in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

This photo taken Aug. 13, 2010, shows the Samsung Captivate, left, Samsung Epic 4G, center, and the Samsung Vibrant phones in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The more phones that hit the market using Google’s Android operating software, the harder it is for each offering to stand out from the black-and-silver crowd.

Samsung is the latest company trying to turn heads, hoping consumers will snatch up its new Galaxy S smart phones, which are both attractive on the surface and well-appointed under the hood.

AT&T already sells the Samsung Captivate, and T-Mobile offers the Vibrant. Two more are coming: Sprint will start selling the Epic 4G at the end of August, and Verizon plans to roll out the Fascinate this fall.

I tested the Captivate, Vibrant and Epic 4G, which all have plenty of great features in common: bright, crisp screens; 5-megapixel cameras that can also take high-definition videos; speedy 1 Ghz Hummingbird processors and Google Inc.’s easy-to-use Android operating software.
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