Mobile Future

Why the iPhone Won’t Last Forever and What the Government Should Do to Promote Its Successor

This Publication is Related to: Mobile Life


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A myriad of revolutions have occurred in the mobile handset market over the past twenty years. Although casual observers have often claimed that a particular innovation was here to stay, they commonly are proven wrong by unforeseen developments in this fast-changing marketplace. Handset partnerships, which encourage risk taking, increase choice, and frequently lower prices, should be applauded by the government. In contrast, government regulation that would require forced sharing of a successful break-through technology is likely to stifle innovation and hurt consumer welfare.