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  • Time for Apple and AT&T to See Other People?

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    PC World is out with a great article this weekend that asks a question we've all posed to ourselves and to others: isn't it about time for Apple and AT&T to see other people?

    An "open marriage" is how writer Ian Paul puts it.

    Even though many people are pouring on the hate for AT&T, the still love the iPhone, according to reports. So if the cellular network is the problem, hereís a suggestion for Apple thatís guaranteed to keep at least some U.S. customers happy: Cancel iPhone exclusivity with AT&T.
    As we're seeing over time, iPhone customers are like children who eventually get what they want after whining about it long enough. As once such loudmouth brat, I can attest to the power of this approach. But since we're adults, we shouldn't have to demand anything for a protracted period of time before the service (that we pay good money for) begins to seriously acknowledge such entreaties.

    This summer has been an interesting one for Apple customers. From the apparent evolution of the approval process for new apps that we really want, to the emergence of signs that greater background functionality in on the horizon (thanks to Loopt), more and more folks are starting to anticipate this revolution born of revolt coming to AT&T's relationship with Apple.

    The best possible move for Apple to make with the iPhone today is to seriously address the source of most customer complaints: dropped calls, weak service, and data loading slower than molasses. Cool apps and background functionality aside, we need a phone that works smoothly and consistently.

    With a second -- or even third -- carrier, iPhone customers would be able to choose their own network, and the current load on AT&Tís infrastructure would be reduced. This could improve service for iPhone customers who stick with AT&T, as well as those who migrate to other networks.
    Although Apple and AT&T may not budge overnight on their exclusivity posturing, I think it's a safe bet to speculate that the "open marriage" alluded to is an inevitability not merely a possibility. And the longer they wait to give us what we want, the more frequently Apple's "children" will continue to throw emboldened tantrums.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Time for Apple and AT&T to See Other People? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 131 Comments
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      You can't here me anyway and you're probably not travelling at the speed of light...
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      I can't here you because here is not a verb therefore I can't do it.
    1. Limegrntaln's Avatar
      Limegrntaln -
      Quote Originally Posted by GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL View Post
      The only data plans for smartphones are unlimited and their unlimited data plans have been mandatory for smartphones since last year. Get your facts straight.
      Here you go mouth, before you get your panties in a bunch, you can get your facts straight.

      Verizon “Enhanced Multimedia Phones” to require data plans, death of the Vpak, and more : Boy Genius Report

      And I seriously doubt after seeing what the iPhone is doing to AT&Ts network, that Verizon would make the same mistake with an unlimited data plan for the iPhone. These new plans are likely to be attached to the iPhone, if and when they ever do get the phone.
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      Quote Originally Posted by Limegrntaln View Post
      Here you go mouth, before you get your panties in a bunch, you can get your facts straight.

      Verizon “Enhanced Multimedia Phones” to require data plans, death of the Vpak, and more : Boy Genius Report

      And I seriously doubt after seeing what the iPhone is doing to AT&Ts network, that Verizon would make the same mistake.
      Fail

      ugh. Why do I even bother.

      Do you know the difference between an Enhanced Multimedia Phone and a Smartphone? Apparently not, just like you and 75% of the commenters on BGR.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Don't you love civilised discussions?
      If you have a point, make it. But why the insults?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Because insults are fun

      But only if they know you're kidding.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      You mean some people are kidding?
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      Of course not. They mean everything they say whole-heartedly.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      That's OK then
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      I REALLY have to learn to stop procrastinating. Haha....
    1. Limegrntaln's Avatar
      Limegrntaln -
      Exactly, enhanced multi media phone, isnt even a complete smart phone, their example. Qwerty keyboard, EVDO-Rev A HTML browser. So do you really think that the iPhone is going to get a better break? You didnt even read the article I posted. You just posted something from 2008 which in cell phone years, was about the same time Neil Armstrong went to the moon. These are new plans, coming out September 9th. This is how its going to be with Gayrizon. And Vcrap.

      What the hell do you care anyway, your on Tmobile, which is 1 step up from CricKet. Jitterbug anyone??
    1. dq13's Avatar
      dq13 -
      I think the problem is not the service or the phone... like said in many posts, some places have awesome att signal and no t-mo, and viceversa... the BIG problem that ATT has is PRICING!!! to have the 3GS I would have to pay the same I pay now with t-mobile and I have 3 lines, unlimited data, unlimited text and multimedia and 1000 minutes with nights/weekends... all that for 120/month AFTER TAXES!!!

      ONE 3GS with 400 txt (which is nothing) is over 100 bucks!!! ridiculous!!!!!!
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      Quote Originally Posted by Limegrntaln View Post
      Exactly, enhanced multi media phone, isnt even a complete smart phone, their example. Qwerty keyboard, EVDO-Rev A HTML browser. So do you really think that the iPhone is going to get a better break? You didnt even read the article I posted. You just posted something from 2008 which in cell phone years, was about the same time Neil Armstrong went to the moon. These are new plans, coming out September 9th. This is how its going to be with Gayrizon. And Vcrap.

      What the hell do you care anyway, your on Tmobile, which is 1 step up from CricKet. Jitterbug anyone??
      Dumb is forever
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    1. n00neimp0rtant's Avatar
      n00neimp0rtant -
      Quote Originally Posted by smuggler View Post
      the only network even remotely close to AT&T is Verizon.
      When it comes to what? AT&T and Verizon use totally different cellular technology, and AT&T's 3G is twice as fast as Verizon's.

      Please clarify what you're referencing.
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      I find it funny that Girrllll purchased the iPhone 3G for T-Mobile when she can't even use 3G on T-Mobile. You could have purchased the 1st iPhone and with the money saved got a makeover for your face. I find it funny that she also doesn't own a G1 or a Crapberry but yet makes claims such as:

      BB's use more data than iPhones?

      That's like saying a Honda Civic uses more gas than a Bugatti Veyron.
    1. Limegrntaln's Avatar
      Limegrntaln -
      150 down 65 up. Loving that T-Mobile connection.
    1. akosko01's Avatar
      akosko01 -
      When LTE comes out any body will be able to get the iphone and go to whatever carrier they want. and they will pay 700.00 for it and then ***** at apple to make it cheaper. If the iPhone was exclusive to verizon everyone would be talking $hlt about them and saying how they should switch to ATT. Verizon will never get the iPhone until they go to LTE because apple will not make a CDMA iPhone because you can't use voice and data at the same time on cdma unless you are on wifi. Image that. if people are complaining about no backgrounding what would they say if they couldnt get an email or update theire facebook while on the phone. you couldnt even check the weather while on a phone call.

      The best way to be hated is to be the only option.
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      ^ Amen! Take them to church! ^
    1. akosko01's Avatar
      akosko01 -
      Quote Originally Posted by capttanhowdy View Post
      Epic Couple???? REALLY??? You ar ethe FIRST person that thinks AT&T is good... Please....
      Have you even read any of these posts? The majority of these posts like AT&T. And everyone has said it, If anyone else had the iPhone then their network would be bogged down too.
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      Quote Originally Posted by Limegrntaln View Post
      150 down 65 up. Loving that T-Mobile connection.
      I'm loving it too, It's better than ZERO bars at my house with AT&T.

      Since when was the iPhone a Bugatti Veyron (like you're leasing one on your AT&T money) or even comparable to cars? Not having 3G on T-Mobile is just as useless as having it enabled on AT&T in my neighborhood.

      iPhone 2G=3G without 3G? Is that what you're getting at? Hahahahahahahhahahahahahhaahahhaha, AT&T needs to bring you into a top exec position.

      AT&T tech = Seriously unsurprising responses coming from one of their clueless employees.

      And that's not me in my Avatar but of course I wouldn't expect anything less from some as dim as you. Grow up and grow a pair.