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  • AT&T May Not Sell The iPad



    Those who pre-ordered their iPad for the big April 3rd roll-out will likely receive a notification of their order status before the end of this week. And while hundreds of thousands of customers will either receive their tablet at home or pick it up at the nearest Apple store, it appears there's one location that won't be part of the iPad frenzy - your local AT&T store.

    Overall, it hasn't been a positive week for AT&T so far. First, as covered by MMI, it was reported that Apple will now make the iPhone available for purchase without a corresponding AT&T contract. Additionally, based on another "email from Steve Jobs," the iPad will be available for purchase exclusively at Apple retail and online stores and Best Buy. At this time, AT&T simply isn't part of the picture.

    The latest note from Steve Jobs (assuming, of course, that the messages are legit) tops off a flurry of terse email comments from the Apple chief in recent days. Jobs reportedly responded to an inquiry as to whether it's possible to get documents on the iPad via iWork.com with a simple "yes." Last night, the blogosphere lit up with reports of an email from Jobs telling one Apple customer "not to worry" in response to concerns about the enormous lag time between MacBook Pro updates.

    Although these scantly-worded emails from Jobs hardly suggest a talkative-turn for the mostly reclusive tech titan, it is clear that there is no shortage of hustle and bustle around Cupertino right now as the company prepares for the rush of a major product release and significant updates to other established and equally popular products. Overall, its a whole lot of activity that seems to have very little to do with AT&T.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: AT&T May Not Sell The iPad started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. squassss's Avatar
      squassss -
      Quote Originally Posted by Effenpig! View Post
      Is this more psuedo news?
      No, ignorance based on one persons opinion.

      1. Why would AT&T be severely impacted by the release of uncontracted phones? The price point for said phones is between 500-700 dollars which is hardly a good deal considering with contract the phones are still 400 dollars cheaper. AND they still only work on networks that use SIM card technology so the VZW fanboys are still out in the cold.

      2. Why would AT&T be hurt by the iPad not being sold in their stores? You still have to get the wireless service through AT&T for iPads that are 3G enabled.

      AT&T is a service provider and they do not make money off of the product. In fact AT&T pays apple a concession fee to even carry the iPhone. They make money from the service they provide not the iPhone or iPad. Fact is, the wind in the sails for the iPad/iPhone is starting to calm. New phones, better phones are coming out all the time. The only hold on the market right now that the iPhone has is the iTunes store. Sooner or later that is going to end as well. Thing is, now that apple is selling the uncontracted phones the average uninformed consumer can see exactly how expensive it is to own an iPhone.

      All this, and I am a die hard iPhone user. Go figure huh?
    1. sman113's Avatar
      sman113 -
      Quote Originally Posted by socalrailroader View Post
      Hmm, the closest Apple Store and Best Buy to this area are both 70 miles south in Santa Rosa, I guess they don't want to sell the iPad to those outside of bigger cities. No loss on me, I don't want one, but still.
      That's what apple.com is for.
    1. Vathgol's Avatar
      Vathgol -
      Quote Originally Posted by Conas View Post
      The 3G service can be activated at Best Buy, right? I think this saves AT&T a headache. Not having to deal with customers demanding on-site repair is a major plus.
      good apple stores have to deal with nagging and applefans..... but you will still have the "no so smart ppl" go into at&t with their nose up in the air like they owe them some special treatment
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by squassss View Post
      no, ignorance based on one persons opinion.

      1. Why would at&t be severely impacted by the release of uncontracted phones? The price point for said phones is between 500-700 dollars which is hardly a good deal considering with contract the phones are still 400 dollars cheaper. And they still only work on networks that use sim card technology so the vzw fanboys are still out in the cold.

      2. Why would at&t be hurt by the ipad not being sold in their stores? You still have to get the wireless service through at&t for ipads that are 3g enabled.

      At&t is a service provider and they do not make money off of the product. In fact at&t pays apple a concession fee to even carry the iphone. They make money from the service they provide not the iphone or ipad. Fact is, the wind in the sails for the ipad/iphone is starting to calm. New phones, better phones are coming out all the time. The only hold on the market right now that the iphone has is the itunes store. Sooner or later that is going to end as well. Thing is, now that apple is selling the uncontracted phones the average uninformed consumer can see exactly how expensive it is to own an iphone.

      All this, and i am a die hard iphone user. Go figure huh?
      lol....
    1. Je5's Avatar
      Je5 -
      trust me I work on the apple & att partnership division and the reps in the att store are waiting for those to hit our stores they will be selling them because they are on commission so you can bet that they are excited about selling them... Believe me AT&T will be the exclusive vendor for the 3G signal of the iPad...!!!

      Quote Originally Posted by flintTC View Post
      I have a close relative that works for AT&T without saying too much about him, he always finds out what new devices are coming out a couple months before they hit the stores. He told me the iPad was never coming to AT&T stores it was just a rumor started by other people outside of both companies

      wow well he musnt know much because Steve Jobs would not say in his announcenment powerpoint that AT&T is going to be the exclusive carrier might wanna check your source again....I work on the partnership division and I can tell you that we will carry the iPad