It's great to see Smartphones doing so well in North America and it's no wonder since guys get the best devices!
Sadly here in the UK, Smartphones are finding life very tough. When Orange released the SPV C500 (aka Typhoon) a few years back, Smartphones really burst into the mainstream. Everyone seemed to own one and was really excited about Smartphones in general. However, since then it's all fizzled out. I used to see a lot of C500s but these days I hardly see any Smartphones.
I speak to a lot of people about their mobile phone choices and the general theme is that high phone subsidises (a HTC TyTN costs under $200 inc. tax on a 12 month contract) mean that people wanting a Windows Mobile device choose a Pocket PC. People who don't want such a big device or want something more phone-centric tend to choose a Symbian device. Symbian devices (especially from Nokia) are marketed heavily and the range available in the UK is bewildering. I'm the same myself - at present I own a HTC TyTN for productivity and a Nokia N80 for play.
It's no surprise either when you look at how many Smartphones are available from carriers. Orange sell the (wifi-less) HTC Tornado. Vodafone sell the HTC Tornado and the Samsung i320. The other three big carriers (T-Mobile, O2 and 3) don't sell a single Smartphone between them! By comparison, T-mobile sell eight different Pocket PCs models. I'm sure one of the biggest stumbling blocks for carriers is the lack of UMTS Smartphones, though even the MTeoR isn't being sold by any of them.
Maybe the UMTS Motorola Q will change everything in 2007?