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  • Dominoes Continue to Fall on iPhone Carrier Exclusivity

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    The news out of Canada tonight suggests the extinction of Apple's exclusive carrier contracts has never been closer to US borders. The latest example? Apple Insider is reporting that two new carriers in Canada will now offer the handset.

    Citing sources within both companies, The Globe and Mail reported that Bell Canada and Telus Corp. will begin selling the iPhone in November, bringing the previously exclusive contract held by Rogers Communications for more than a year to an end.
    This development out of Canada is rehashing speculation about whether Apple will stay with AT&T or include other carriers after the their exclusive deal expires next year. Many agree with the projections put out by Morgan Stanley's Kathryn Huberty, an analyst who recently articulated that Apple's handset market share in the U.S. could double if, for example, it brought the likes of a Verizon Wireless into the fold.

    But even as the dominoes continue to fall on exclusivity, neither Apple or AT&T will speak a word as to whether the current exclusivity carrier agreement will stay in place beyond 2010.

    The news comes just weeks after both Vodafone and Orange announced they will carry the iPhone in the U.K. in the coming months. Until now, Apple's smartphone has been exclusive to O2 in Great Britain.
    As we know, Apple recently signed a three-year deal with China Unicom to sell the handset in Asia's largest mobile community.
    But even in China there will be no such thing as exclusivity with the iPhone.

    The iPhone went on sale in the country [China] on Oct. 1. Now, Apple has turned its attention to competitor China Mobile, the world's largest wireless carrier.
    As Europe, Asia, and North America all usher in the era of non-exclusive carrier agreements with the iPhone, how could it be anything but just a matter of time before the same transpires in the US?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Dominoes Continue to Fall on iPhone Carrier Exclusivity started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 68 Comments
    1. vvilliamm's Avatar
      vvilliamm -
      apples businiess plan is getting bigger and bigger 0.0 there more international now and sigh why cant usa have more than one carrier if tmobile had the iphone that would be awesome in the USA
    1. dstaysniak's Avatar
      dstaysniak -
      After finishing my 2yr. contract with AT&T, I switched to Verizon and a 3G Blackberry Tour. I have MUCH better coverage, and a phone that will work on either CDMA or GSM. (It has been unlocked to accept any SIM card.) With Verizon's N.America + Canada plan I get free roaming and LD all over the US and Canada and for those instances where AT&T might have better coverage, I have a pay-as-you-go SIM with 400 minutes that last a year.

      I was hesitant on changing phones because I like the iPhone, but I found that all the iPhone apps I really used, had a version available for the Blackberry. It's so nice to get 2 days on a battery charge instead of hours.

      Only drawback is not having wifi on the Tour (yet).
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      A blackberry without Wifi god bless you Verizon for making the most ridiculous decisions.
      The Tour never had WiFi regardless of carrier, the next one will.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Then god bless Blackberry for releasing a PDA without Wifi. Seriously, even crappy Nokias nowadays have wifi!

      (Doesn't the Storm also lack Wifi?)

      Wait what next one? Didn't the tour just came out?
      Storm 2 has WiFi.

      And yeah.. but Sprint is already reporting that they want their phones to have WiFi and the Tour 2 will have it.
    1. CaptainChaos's Avatar
      CaptainChaos -
      I hope that another GSM carrier does get the iPhone over here so tons of people will swap over. More bandwidth for me
    1. epiksol's Avatar
      epiksol -
      I'm only reviving this extremely old thread to say...

      I told you so! :P

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