The iPod halo effect scores another notch on its belt. It sems that Apple's iPhone became the biggest selling smartphone in the USA in its first full month of sales. The pent up demand also appears to have pushed the phone to equal sales of the the LG Chocolate, the top selling feature phone, in the USA. While Apple is reported to be outselling AT&T iPhone sales by a ratio of 7 to 1 AT&T is doing okay since 1 in 4 buyers is reported to be switching from another carrier to get the iPhone.
It will be interesting to see if this momentum is maintained for the first quarter. If it is the Steve Jobs is on target to achieve the 25 million phone objective by the end of 2008.
Is the gPhone going to use WebKit? this is a fascinating question. If it does I don't see the gPhone competing against Apple. What I see it doing is cementing a great future for the Safari browser. With two major smartphones supporting a common browser engine consumers will have a choice of phones and developers will have a common target platform to aim for.
Since Apple and Google are working so closely together I see this as a move that ultimately expands Apple's influence and puts Microsoft under even greater pressure. Steve Jobs must be betting that the outcome will ultimately drive more sales for Apple as Safari becomes more popular. The gPhone could indeed drive a further halo effect for Apple that results in more desktop and laptop sales.