Contrast between Nokia and Microsoft on the iPhone

Scaling / May 11, 2007 / Alykhan Jetha

This morning I read an interesting post on John Gruber’s DaringFireball. It’s an excerpt from the McKinsey Quarterly, on an interview with Nokia’s Keith Pardy.

“The iPhone will definitely shake up the North American market; $500 to $600 per device will help establish a new pricing paradigm. Consumers will now start to equate price with the physical handset. That’s good. I personally think the iPhone will be very good for the industry because competition is good and always stimulates new ideas. But we should also remember the scale of the ambition Apple has set itself: they are talking about getting one share point of a billion devices per year. Nokia is focused on winning 40 percent of this market.”

Now contrast this kind of talk with what comes out of Microsoft. What a breath of fresh air and what a difference. You can respect a competitor like that.

Some people and companies have class and some just don’t.

Until next time…

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