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  • Two Days Left for AT&T iPhone Exclusivity?


    According to a report on HotHardware.com, AT&T will lose its US iPhone exclusivity on Wednesday, the same day that Apple is supposedly going to announce their long-rumored tablet/slate thing. Though this report - which it attributed to a source inside AT&T - does not mention what other carrier or carriers will support the iPhone, recent rumors have increasingly named Verizon Wireless, the second-largest wireless carrier in the United States.

    AT&T has long been criticized for what is perceived as poor performance on the carrier's 3G network. The anonymous source supposedly claims that AT&T "is tired of taking the heat" for the iPhone's network issues, and the article asserts without explanation that "the iPhone itself doesn't really handle the switch from 3G to EDGE very well." While dropped calls and poor throughput have been common complaints, the specific attribution of problems to the auto-switch from UMTS 3G to EDGE (which is actually also a 3G technology) have not been widely reported.

    The article notes without comment the remarks by Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg back in October that indicated his carrier would be happy to host the iPhone but that the decision was up to Apple. Reports back when the iPhone was introduced in 2007 suggested that Verizon and Apple had failed to come to terms on pricing, leaving Apple to negotiate a deal with AT&T.

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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Two Days Left for AT&T iPhone Exclusivity? started by Paul Daniel Ash View original post
    Comments 61 Comments
    1. doitchinkstyle's Avatar
      doitchinkstyle -
      well the thing i'm concerned about is the fact that verizon does not use sim cards. if they do make the change then wouldn't they have to manufacture a new phone without the sim tray?
    1. battlecrushr's Avatar
      battlecrushr -
      i know rite
      thell get a dif iphone
    1. piston597's Avatar
      piston597 -
      Quote Originally Posted by battlecrushr View Post
      i know rite
      thell get a dif iphone
      If this is true, i see a MAJOR mix up in resale's, people gotta start specifying what type of iphone and all,
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Nice. It's time to buy some stock.
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      Verizon is the largest, At&t is the second largest.
      Yeah, I know. It was sarcasm.
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      interesting...
    1. addictedto3gs's Avatar
      addictedto3gs -
      Quote Originally Posted by doitchinkstyle View Post
      well the thing i'm concerned about is the fact that verizon does not use sim cards. if they do make the change then wouldn't they have to manufacture a new phone without the sim tray?
      Apple would have two different iPhone models. One made for CDMA and one made for GSM.

      I would love to see tons of iPhone users jump the ATT ship and go to Verizon and then bog the ***** out of their network. I mean, Verizon doesn't even have voice/data streaming at the same time on their network. Then the everybody will sink at Verizon and all the loyal ATT people that stayed with ATT will laugh and laugh and laugh.
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Nice. It's time to buy some stock.
      I was thinking the same thing.
    1. Melech518's Avatar
      Melech518 -
      ^Bought an additional 100 shares this morning when the market opened
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Not a chance. They are still airing anti-Verizon ads on TV. I just saw one during 24, which is primetime, and those ads cost more than any if you make in a year. There is no way they are continuing with those ads and going to announce a Verizon partnership less than two days later.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      I doubt this will pan it. Yesterday Apple themselves came out and said they're happy with AT&T, understand the network shortcomings when it comes to data and that they have met and seen the plans AT&T has to fix it and like what they saw.

      I don't think there's any reason they need to switch considering they're making more money than Avatar at this point probably.

      EDIT: The actual quote, during a phone interview

      AT&T's getting a lot of bad press here, why stick with a single carrier? Tim: AT&T is a great partner, it's important to remember that they have more mobile broadband usage than any other carrier in the world. In the vast majority of places, iPhone customers are getting a great experience. AT&T has acknowledged problems, we've personally reviewed their plans to fix it and we're confident it'll be handled.
    1. Riviera's Avatar
      Riviera -
      Quote Originally Posted by Melech518 View Post
      ^Bought an additional 100 shares this morning when the market opened
      aaa ... you suck.
      I will check them out tomorrow morning.

      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Not a chance. They are still airing anti-Verizon ads on TV. I just saw one during 24, which is primetime, and those ads cost more than any if you make in a year. There is no way they are continuing with those ads and going to announce a Verizon partnership less than two days later.
      You really have a point there.
      And Why would Apple go to a slower (speed) data network?
      ATT has the fastest 3.2 Mbit > 1.4 Mbit (Verizon).
      Come on ... seriously you guys are believing the upcoming 4G iPhone would run on Verizon slow network??
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I refer to my last comment in this post.
    1. DMT's Avatar
      DMT -
      im just ready to hear what the big news is
    1. salayyad's Avatar
      salayyad -
      Quote Originally Posted by mikerlx View Post
      For all we know, this could be the only annoucement on my birthday the 27th
      Its my B-day too!!

      i really do hope they announce a new carrier i already got a line with verizon.. be better if they went with tmobile much better pricing.
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      I hope this happens. I had two iphones since they came out and I got kinda boored with apple. So I made the huge mistake of selling my 3g and getting a blackberry storm 2. I can tell you that the verizon service is 1000% better. Im locked to them now, and was wishing that the iphone would show up on verizon. If this happens, I will be getting one with the quickness. Fingers crossed this happens. Verizon is going to have one kickass 4G network I hear.
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Forget about 4G. Test cities go up by years end. Wide (not full) deployment won't happen til 2012, and all if those is only LTE, not 4G LTE-A whic likely won't hit until 2013+ (but will likely be a cheaper network upgrade consisting primarily of software. Earliest Verizon compatible LTE iPhone = June 2012. Earliest Verizon compatible CDMA/HSPA dual phone = 2011.
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      Quote Originally Posted by politicalslug View Post
      Forget about 4G. Test cities go up by years end. Wide (not full) deployment won't happen til 2012, and all if those is only LTE, not 4G LTE-A whic likely won't hit until 2013+ (but will likely be a cheaper network upgrade consisting primarily of software. Earliest Verizon compatible LTE iPhone = June 2012. Earliest Verizon compatible CDMA/HSPA dual phone = 2011.
      I really dont care. I just want my iphone back with the better cell service of Verizon. Also, when I surf with the iphone, Im usually at work on Wifi or at home on Wifi. Thats what I do with my storm2 right now. The cell data speeds do not concern me.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      There going to realease the 4rd gen with at&t and Verzion but probably Verzion is like a genie pig
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      Quote Originally Posted by nighthawk283 View Post
      There going to realease the 4rd gen with at&t and Verzion but probably Verzion is like a genie pig
      So is this confirmed yet?