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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. lovemyifone's Avatar
      lovemyifone -
      Well ill be happy if apple stays with att...i love att...i went to a cruise and my att was the only phone with coverage so i just love it..my coverage is always gooddd
    1. nwcorey's Avatar
      nwcorey -
      Hi all,
      I'm pretty new to the whole iphone thing. I have had tmobile,verizon and sprint over the years. I would have to say T-mobile was the best in price's and phones were so so covrage sad to i lost it all the time. verizon and sprint really sucked. When i had verizon they always sayed they had the best coverage. Hands down i think so too. We could go to the moon and get covrage with them but there prices and billing suck a**. Had sprint they just sucked all the way around 4G what a joke. I'm very happy with the iphone. There is nothing out there that can even touch this phone. the pricing sucks for sure (AT&T) but thats the price you gotta pay to have the best cell phone ever.
    1. matiofatio's Avatar
      matiofatio -
      i switched to att from verizon and would gladly go back. from apples standpoint they would make more money easily by allowing verizon to have it. and actually for loyal att fans this should be good news as well because it will allow competion from both carriers to get customers on their network. thus driving down prices. so it shouldn't be thought of as att is better or verizon is better it should be thought of as you can stay with whatever carrier you prefer and it may become cheaper to anyone on either network
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      It would seem odd to stay with AT&T considering the very obvious insults that Apple were saying at the 3.0 unveil. They were really insulting them, and for multibillion dollar corporations it doesn't seem right to bash your partner in such a open environment. If the iPhone were to go completely unchanged, meaning the radio freak only everything else exactly the same, I would switch to any other carrier immediately. Unless I get laid off again and have to move. But for now I'll tough it out with AT&T. Signal and a few dropped calls aside, I quite like them. If only I still lived in Atlanta.
    1. rubenmer5's Avatar
      rubenmer5 -
      ^^^ matiofatio,

      You're absolutely right and that shoul be the outcome. I hope Verizon and TMobile get the iPhone. The more carriers offering the iPhone, the best prices we will get. We need competition. This way the winners will be us the Customers.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I really, really shouldn't be surprised when people believe rumours but does this really come as news to anyone?
    1. dchandler's Avatar
      dchandler -
      This Is Great News, Im glad this is happening
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      Hope the AT&T going to bankrupt, so apple will officialy unlock all iPhone.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      ^ Nah - they wouldn't unlock, you'd just end up with phones you couldn't use!
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Unless you're like me
      Ultrasn0w works wonderfully.
      Only thing strange is the fact that the carrier doesn't show up anymore..
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Carrier shows up as 'Carrier 5.0'
      Network shows as 'Not Available'
      Or is it different for you?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Yeah same.
      I meant in the top left hand corner.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Ah! mine shows up as AT&T - but SBSettings could have something to do with that...
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      AT&T?! Wow.. Nothing was there before and after I installed SBSettings.
      It's not there in your screenshot either though..

      Don't you love the Custom Boot Logo though? Nice touch MN
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      All I want is for At&T to stop charging me for 3G if they are not going to offer it here where I live... or get me the 3G coverage!

      As for At&t I don't really have any other complaints that what was mentioned here..... I would love to see cheaper prices.... LOL but I think we all would!
    1. shawn o's Avatar
      shawn o -
      Really, in order for Apple to have the iphone on another carrier they'd have to change hardware.....and they're not going to do that.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^That's not true.
      In order to have it FULLY FUNCTIONAL on another carrier (in the US) they'll have to change the hardware.. but to have it work on another carrier, they can leave it how it is.
      If the dev team can do it, apple can do it
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      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
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^Wow you have a big sig..
    1. reallynotnick's Avatar
      reallynotnick -
      I don't really care to be paying the prices of big red or blue, I would much rather see it on T-Mobile or Sprint.