Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, who tends to hit the nail on the head per his Apple forecasts, has noted that Apple will probably move to multiple U.S. carriers by 2010. According to Loopinsight, Munster stated that the transition will occur next summer, which is when Apple has introduced new models of the iPhone.
Piper Jaffray released the results of their bi-annual Teen Survey, in which they visited several highschool across the country, surveying students on their interests and buying patters on portable music players, online music, and the iPhone.
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster is predicting that 53% of Apple's total addressable market for the new iPhone 3G will be coming from prepaid plans and won't be willing to sign on to a long-term contract, and as a result, won't be privy to the subsidized prices of those that do. He also says that those who do this should be ready to pay around US$600, or three times the subsidized price, for an 8GB handset.
Financial firm Morgan Stanley has announced that it believes the iPhone 3G could double its sales when the handset is released to the market later this year. "We believe the market generally expects a doubling of iPhone units with the lower price point ($199) and we believe this is realistic, if not conservative," Morgan Stanley said, predicting 27 million iPhone sales for 2009.