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  • Report: Apple to Remain Exclusive to AT&T

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    eWeek is out this morning with a report indicating that Apple will likely continue their exclusive relationship with AT&T.

    When AT&T’s contract expires in 2010, many have speculated that Verizon will raise its hand for a CDMA version of the device. A new report from iSuppli, however, suggests that Apple may actually renew its contract and remain exclusively with AT&T—though Apple may pursue other opportunities with Verizon.
    Although this news isn't exactly what many iPhone fans want to hear, our attention was certainly roused by the prospect of Apple doing business with Verizon elsewhere. What does that mean, exactly? For now, the only feasible guess is that Apple would partner with Verizon on another device - presumably the mythical but supposedly in development Apple tablet.

    “The main reason Apple is likely to stick with AT&T beyond 2010 is the relatively wide usage and growth expected for the HSPA air standard used by the carrier for 3G data.” iSuppli expects HSPA wireless services, which include high-speed downlink packet access, or HSDPA, and high-speed uplink packet access, HSUPA, to rise from 269.1 million in 2009 to 1.4 billion in 2012. The EVDO standard used by Verizon, by comparison, is expected to grow from 2009’s 145.2 million subscribers to 304.6 million in 2013.
    Now, from Apple's perspective, the company may see little value in moving away from an exclusive agreement with AT&T, but it's quite possible that both Apple customers and AT&T see the situation somewhat differently.

    The article in eWeek illustrated that a study last month by Strand Consult found that "carriers that offer the enormously popular iPhone not only have not increased their revenue, earnings or market share, but in some instances are worse off for offering it."

    Some carriers have sent out profit warnings because of the iPhone,” reported Strand Consult.
    Reports, rumors, and ruminations aside, I will believe Apple's exclusivity agreement with AT&T will linger when I hear the official announcement. Perhaps I'm a silent minority who holds this opinion, but I believe there to be far too many cracks in this one way street for both Apple and AT&T to remain happily married for much longer.

    If anyone else agrees or disagrees, I would love to take up the conversation.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Report: Apple to Remain Exclusive to AT&T started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      same here.
    1. pacmac's Avatar
      pacmac -
      i love AT&T here in sunny diego works great 3G...but i dont like there plan prices..thats why im on the lowest plan. i dont really care what service as long its cheap than AT&T...i love my iphone 3GS as long i get service and not stuck on wifi sniffing im good with that..
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      Woo! More BS to argue about...
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      I just cant see apple and verizon compromising. Verizon insists on having their crappy bloatware on all their phones and apple is not the type of company to ever let that happen. Not to mention they would have to go to the trouble of building a CDMA version. Watch this video I found. I know its 10 min. but bare with it guys.

      YouTube - iPhone on Verizon? I doubt it
      Verizon doesn't include their OS on any smartphones. Just their dumbphones and most of their "enhanced multimedia" handsets.
    1. lukasss's Avatar
      lukasss -
      Verizon can suck a big one.
      I personally have tmobile but I hope apple only stays with AT&T. I would not be digging everyone with an iPhone.

      I feel like the iPhone on verizon won't happen.
      And the iPhone on sprint would be as useless as the stocks or contacts app on the iPhone lol
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      iPhone on Sprint & Verizon will not happen.
      T-mobile just can't handle the iPhone...
      AT&T is the only practical solution ...
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      Well, If you think Apple will not renew with ATT then your dreaming. I guess we will continue to forever jailbreak/unlock to use on tmobile and loyal att will stay loyal and pay high prices and always check here for jailbreak. Tmobile always shuts down our internet for 3 days every 5-6 months and then turns it back on for the 9.99 plan just check the boards here. We always get scared when there is no unlock/jailbreak when fw is release or new itunes the boards are starting to mirror themselves. My loyalty is with the iphone and modmyi!
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      ^History does repeat
    1. Cowboy's Avatar
      Cowboy -
      I just want to see in 2010 Att and apple signing a contract for job security lol
    1. Channan's Avatar
      Channan -
      The only reason I'd like to see Verizon get the iPhone is so AT&T's network would get a little better. I'm very happy with AT&T and their customer service ( shocking, isn't it?) and have no intention of switching to Verizon if and when they get it.
    1. jimmybino's Avatar
      jimmybino -
      Well Messany...I would have to disagree...See know one really knew how the iPhone was gonna take off like it did...I mean maybe us apple fanboy types did but know one could have predicted the explosion that this device was gonna be especially on the data side...now 3 things...1-I'm sure since u me and everyone else that has a iPhone got one how much less do u use your iPhone as a actual phone...think back to the phone u had befor you got your iPhone i'm sure u used that phone for actual phone calls...atleast 50% more for making calls than u do know,,,and really me included since i've owned my iPhone which was the 1st gen 3 days after it was released my actual calling people is down atleast 75%....so that is a huge diffrence to the way we use our devices and 2- Since that data explosion at&t has tried very hard to keep up with all that data traffic moving on there network...no one stops to think which bugs me that 'Oh i have a blackberry on verizon or sprint and my data speeds this and my coverage that...but if verizon had 30 million iPhones clogging there data pipe line everyday 24hrs a day are we really to believe that verizon wouldnt be bogged down just the same..(And they are working off a dead end tech system cdma) that is a complete dead end until they switch to LTE or whatever that new system that is gonna replace cdma...and that brings me to #3...why would or even how could verizon do a cdma build up to handle the extra bandwith when they seem to have trouble just starting to set up the new LTE system that there gonna swith to...so why would they spend 10's of millions to build out an old infystructue just to handle 1 phone in there product lineUp...it wouldn't make any sense...and sprint definitly wouldn't have the money or the resources to build out there infystructue to handle something like this...i mean the pre' is cool...and i'm sure it is used as the same kind of data centric phone style as the iPhone but the amount sold to date doesn't come even close to putting the strain and load that 30 million iPhones put on at&t...so i think people need to stop and think before they say oh if only verizon had this or apple did that with them cause to me there is way more going on then just changing the hsdpa chip inside a iphone to a cdma chip putting a verizon name across the top and saying now i have a iphone that works like i want it to....to me and my opinion i think at&t has done a commendable job with the iphone giving the explosion and monster this thing has become and continues to try to show that it is commited to investing and building out it's compacity to host this device..it may not be as fast as all of us like...(me included we all get impatient)...but if we step back a minute and think of the inner workings and the mechanics of the iphone/At&t setup as a whole i think that givin time and a little patience we will all be much better with at&t since a relationship and network pipeline has already been cemented in the foundation that they have laid over the last 3 years...I think if any deal with verizon is to be had it will be with a diffrent product maybe a tablet where only select people and real apple fanboys will be flocking to get it..and a device like that wouldn't strain verizon's network and would give them a chance to slowly build into a relationship with apple...both technically and corporately...thanks for hearing my view....
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      ^ Have you ever heard of paragraphs?
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      ^Wow you have a big sig..
      I know.... been meaning to fix it.
    1. mikerlx's Avatar
      mikerlx -
      ^^^apple may choose tmobile since every rumor is just the opposite serously a camerA in an iPod nano??
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Im glad to see it on ATT and only on ATT.

      Apples move will push ATT to expand their data network faster than Verizon and like it said will have higher speed access in more places sooner.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      I dont' have much issues with AT&T. The coverage here in Tampa is quite good. As for data plans being too expensive..no other carrier will offer it for less. They'll charge you high prices just like AT&T. I prefer a GSM model iPhone because i travel to canada often and all i have to do is buy and international SIM card and i can use it without worrying about AT&Ts roaming charges..i won't be able to do that with a CDMA based iPhone. Unless Verizon allows you to continue using a SIM card to access their network like the blackberry storm does.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      I don't understand why some people would be AGAINST Apple expanding into new territories/ carriers. More iPhones sold = more competition = innovation. We WANT competition, people.
      I guess T-Mobile's and Sprints data/voice/messaging pricing is top secret. What is all this nonsense about every carrier charging the same? Helllo.. AT&T is the only carrier with enough balls to charge as much as Verizon.
    1. dmb41302's Avatar
      dmb41302 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ty22 View Post
      Not to mention they would have to go to the trouble of building a CDMA version. [/url]
      Maybe someone hasn't been reading about whats happening in China..........
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Unless I've missed something Apple are not releasing a cdma version for China - link?