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Patrick Milan: Is Apple having a ‘Microsoft Moment?’

Back in 1995, Bill Gates realized that the Internet was the next big thing and stopped everything at Microsoft to get his ship on the right course. Apple may be in the same spot.

When it launched, the iPhone was the best mobile phone, period. But it has only been available on the worst mobile network, AT&T. Not for long. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports, Verizon will announce it has struck a deal for the iPhone to launch on their network. Could it be that Apple could no longer stand pat and watch as the Andriod platform phones were growing at a faster pace?

While nearly everyone admires and gravitates to the Apple brand, I have believed for a long time that Steve Jobs did his cult-like followers a true dis-service by aligning the iPhone with AT&T. Insiders who know and understand wireless network technology will tell you AT&T has, hands down, the worst mobile phone network. Calls get dropped, service disappears and overall the experience is about as good as a third world land-line system.

I know the deal was about money — but was it really worth it?
While the iPhone was stuck on a network that could not deliver the goods, HTC, Motorola and others on the Android platform gained significant ground on Apple’s iPhone.

The Android phones are selling at a faster pace than iPhones or Blackberrys.  OMG, is Steve Jobs is having a Bill Gates moment? Back in 1995 Bill Gates realized that the Internet was the next big thing and stopped everything at Microsoft to get his ship on the right course. Apple may be in the same spot.

The difference is, the Apple folks have the time and creative legacy to recover. The shame is that Apple let the momentum shift in the first place.

This post was written by Patrick Milan and originally published on Tunheimmilan’s Posterous Follow Patrick on Twitter: @pmilan