The countdown has begun!
Contrary to popular belief, the answer is most likely YES!... sort of. Web applications are going to have a huge impact on the iPhone. As users will not be able to install their own software, they will resort to web applications. Instant messaging can be achieved through sites like XS4All's web chat site.
Officially, the iPhone will not provide native instant messaging functionality.
Each iPhone owner can receive a free push IMAP email account from Yahoo!.Â Push e-mail systems provide an "always-on" capability, in which new e-mail is instantly and transferred to the email client from the server.Â This will be useful as there is no instant messaging software for the iPhone, such as AIM, ICQ, or IRC.
It is now being widely reported that Verizon Wireless had the first chance to be the exclusive distributor of Apple's iPhone in the United States. According to Verizon Wireless vice president Jim Gerace, Verizon Wireless was offered the partnership first, but simply "said no." Verizon explained that the two companies could not come to an agreement that was mutually beneficial.