Your Thursday Mobile Pint: the top mobile stories from the past 24 hours, good to the last drop.
Apple’s Mothra Quarter Was Actually More Impressive Than Their Godzilla Quarter (via TechCrunch)
In Q1 — again, the Godzilla quarter — Apple’s gross margin was 44.7 percent. It was so high that Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer noted during the earnings call that the company didn’t expect to match such lofty levels ever again. Instead, they destroyed the number in Q2.
Does Anyone Else Round Here Think a Facebook Phone is a Stupid Idea? (via PandoDaily)
Branded phones are for suckers. And even if this probably-not-even-real HTC handset didn’t come with a blue skin and a giant thumb icon emblazoned on the back, it would still be just that, a branded phone. Sometimes branding is more than just the stickering.
Why buy a Sprint iPhone? Unlimited data, even for LTE iPhones (via GigaOM)
Based on a TechHog article from earlier this month, Sprint had already confirmed that unlimited LTE plans would be available for the LG Viper, an Android handset, but if there was any doubt on the iPhone plans, you can dismiss it. And if Apple does offer an LTE iPhone for Sprint all of the U.S. operators will be competing more directly on price.
As Apple Dominates U.S. Sales, Smartphone Focus Shifts Overseas (via ReadWriteWeb)
Apple sold 35 million iPhones in the first quarter of 2012. Nine million of those were sold among the top three carriers in the United States; the U.S. market remains important to manufacturers because it is where the hype cycle for the world begins, and where the most marketing dollars are found. But when you do the math, the overseas market is where the true smartphone battle is now taking place.
iPad and Wi-Fi sitting in a tree… (via GigaOM)
About two years ago, Dominic Orr, the chief executive officer of Aruba Networks told us that the iPad (and iPhone) was going to act like an accelerant for Wi-Fi in corporations. Two years later, his prediction is coming true.
The Decline Of Android Foretells The Rise Of A Total Apple Monopoly (via TechCrunch)
A dive at wireless carrier’s financials shows that the iPhone accounted for a whopping 59% of smartphone sales in the U.S. last quarter. The iPhone 4S downright crushed a league of new Android flagship handsets. Android is faltering at the hands of the iPhone. Apple is on pace per some analysts to be the first trillion dollar company in history and will do so on the back of a trivial amount of products and services.
This was the original ‘Google Phone’ presented in 2006 (via The Verge)
Spoiler: all kinds of ugly.