HTC doesn’t see the more affordable yet more powerful iPhone 3G as a threat. The company’s CEO Peter Chou said Apple’s new handset will have “limited impact” on HTC’s sales.
Mobile operators around the world are offering HTC smartphones with subsidy and most devices are priced bellow $200. Some operators go even further, offering select HTC smartphones for free on a contract.
In fact, Chou stated they welcome the competition from Cupertino, stating the smartphone market is still a large market and there’s room for everyone.
I wouldn’t be that optimistic. Some carriers in Europe will also offer the iPhone for free and in the markets where iPhone will be offered, I can easily see HTC having problems to sell enough Diamonds.
As far as I’m concerned, iPhone’s problem remains in the lack of Copy/Paste feature and proper Bluetooth support. Fix those two and I’ll rave about Apple just like all those fan-boys. 😉