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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. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      The CDMA networks in the US don't support whatever special sim that would need to be used if they did. It's impossible
    1. msb2010's Avatar
      msb2010 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Messany View Post

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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.



      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.



      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.



      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?
      Here you go tellus has officially announced carring iphone 3gs:
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Just had a look and Telus want a 3 year contract
      And data is $35 (Canadian for up to 500Mb (but strangely that does include unlimited SMS) - That's more than I poay a month for all my SMS/MMS/Minutes and up to 3Gb Data and I thought I was hard done by having to sign a contract for 18 months...
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      i hate AT&T just as much as everybody else but i doubt they're going to break up with Apple anytime soon
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      I don't hate AT&T
    1. mawells787's Avatar
      mawells787 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mdc929 View Post
      i hate AT&T just as much as everybody else but i doubt they're going to break up with Apple anytime soon
      it's not up to at&t to decide if they want to stay with apple, thats apples call. However, if at&t is crazy enough to offer apple a lot of money for an extension than thats a different story.

      but i would like to see it on sprint/t-mobile/verizon just to see what will happen when millions of people get thier hands on an iphone and start slowing down networks left and right.

      i wouldn't mind going to sprint they are cheaper than at&t/verizon for an iphone. my cousins blackberry curve hit 3400kbps on sprint ev-do, it only happened once but that is still amazing.
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      i don't hate at&t either, i'm actually quite happy with my service.
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      Quote Originally Posted by confucious View Post
      Just had a look and Telus want a 3 year contract
      And data is $35 (Canadian for up to 500Mb (but strangely that does include unlimited SMS) - That's more than I poay a month for all my SMS/MMS/Minutes and up to 3Gb Data and I thought I was hard done by having to sign a contract for 18 months...
      Canadian cell phone companies rape their customers' wallets. That's what happens when there's no competition.
    1. mawells787's Avatar
      mawells787 -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Canadian cell phone companies rape their customers' wallets. That's what happens when there's no competition.
      i think rape is an understatement, we should create a new word for what canadian carriers do.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mawells787 View Post
      i think rape is an understatement, we should create a new word for what canadian carriers do.
      But you guys can choose which carrier rapes you now!
    1. mawells787's Avatar
      mawells787 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      But you guys can choose which carrier rapes you now!
      of course we get to choose this AMERICA dammit! they even let us choose what lubrucant to use before they rape us, life's great over here.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by bengo View Post
      Canadian cell phone companies rape their customers' wallets. That's what happens when there's no competition.
      Yep... Because that doesn't happen here in the good ol' U. S. of A... No siree...







      Pardon my sarcasm...
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Yep... Because that doesn't happen here in the good ol' U. S. of A... No siree...







      Pardon my sarcasm...
      We're talking about the iPhone. Here we get lovingly raped only by AT&T. Canadians now have a choice to which iPhone carrier will do things to them.
    1. homing's Avatar
      homing -
      Hopefully this competition will lower the ridiculous prices we're paying for data

      I just can't believe i'm paying 30 $ /m for 1 gb of data...
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      We're talking about the iPhone. Here we get officially raped only by AT&T. Canadians now have a choice to which iPhone carrier will officially do things to them.
      There, fixed that for you.
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Unofficially you get cheaper plans on T-Mobile at the expense of being stuck in EDGE forever. So you still get raped metaphorically since I rather put a bullet through my skull than using my iPhone again without 3G.
    1. epiksol's Avatar
      epiksol -
      Verizon is getting iPhone as well.

      A friend of mine is manager @ Best Buy and told me a Verizon rep came by (10/5) and spilled the beans.
      As a current T-mo customer, that blows. Would rather merge with Verizon. :/ Guess you can't have your cake and eat it too...

      EDIT: Oh and, you may quote me on this when it happens. Because it will happen.
    1. GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL's Avatar
      GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL -
      He fed you two rumors. Google and Verizon just penciled in an agreement with Android so an iPhone with Verizon is even LESS likely. DT and Sprint/Nextel merging is another unsubsantiated rumor and and the fact that they both operate on different network techonogies really makes it less of a possibility although it isn't impossible.
    1. tknapp2's Avatar
      tknapp2 -
      I dont see how the iPhone switching networks would kill the other networks, if anything it would ease the pressure off at&t's network, and balance out. I don't think everyone would switch. I wouldnt, I got 3g everywhere. The pricing would be more competitive. Although I dont see a switch coming, unless someone is going to fork over alot of money.
    1. epiksol's Avatar
      epiksol -
      Quote Originally Posted by GIRLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL View Post
      He fed you two rumors. Google and Verizon just penciled in an agreement with Android so an iPhone with Verizon is even LESS likely. DT and Sprint/Nextel merging is another unsubsantiated rumor and and the fact that they both operate on different network techonogies really makes it less of a possibility although it isn't impossible.
      And your getting your information from where? Googling the 'net?

      Not to sound cynical, just curious. You may have a better insight then I do.