In Pictures: Five years ago they said the iPhone would be a flop ... Now?

Pundits who got it wrong explain why ... or deny that they did

Tero Kuittinen, VP sales & marketing, wrong about the iPhone

Now a Forbes contributor, then a writer for The Street, Tero Kuittinen on Jan. 18, 2007, authored a piece that carried this headline: "Apple's Dangerous Contempt." It begins:

"Much has been said about Apple's first phone -- most of it tainted with feverish hyperbole.

"But a week after the grand announcement, it is striking how limited the device seems at a second glance. The iPhone's willful disregard of the global handset market will come back to haunt Apple."

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