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  • Iphone Exclusive To At&t For Five Years
    IPHONE EXCLUSIVE TO AT&T FOR FIVE YEARS

    Quote Originally Posted by USA Today
    What you may have known… The Apple iPhone due out sometime next month will be exclusively offered by AT&T.
    What you may not have known… AT&T will be the exclusive carrier of the iPhone for the next five years.
    AT&T has exclusive U.S. distribution rights for five years — an eternity in the go-go cellphone world. And Apple is barred for that time from developing a version of the iPhone for CDMA wireless networks.

    A question that I would really like to to know the answer to is if this 5 year period of exclusivity is just for the iPhone that is coming out next month, or, does AT&T have a lock on anything iPhone like coming out of Apple until 2012, i.e., if Apple releases an iPhone Nano or an iShuffle or something, would it be exclusive to AT&T as well?
    If the iPhone is as hot a device as everyone thinks it is going to be AT&T has a great opportunity to nab customers from the other carriers because their period of exclusivity on the device that everyone wants is so long.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Iphone Exclusive To At&t For Five Years started by thewhiteguy1 View original post
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Acadian's Avatar
      Acadian -
      Well I guess we'll find out soon enough once the starter iPhone gets under way.
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      i ahev heard from reliable ppl thats its a 3 yr exclusive contract
    1. ColsTiger's Avatar
      ColsTiger -
      I think the writer is incorrect. The initial five year agreement was that Apple wouldn't produce a CDMA version of the iPHone for five years. That doesn't mean that T-Mobile won't get one after a while.
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Maybe T-mobile will have UMTS by then. lol.
    1. iAmThePhone's Avatar
      iAmThePhone -
      Im guessing thats only valid in the US? 'Coz, for ovbious resons, American Telegraph & Telecom (AT&T) is not avalable in the UK...
    1. JedixJarf's Avatar
      JedixJarf -
      Yes that is for the U.S. only I'm sure.
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      Right. They're still working on finding a European carrier...
    1. markm's Avatar
      markm -
      Quote Originally Posted by ColsTiger View Post
      I think the writer is incorrect. The initial five year agreement was that Apple wouldn't produce a CDMA version of the iPHone for five years. That doesn't mean that T-Mobile won't get one after a while.
      As connected as Microsoft and T-Mobile Are, what makes you think T-Mobile would ever deploy an Apple product?