Add another chapter to the book of ways Steve Jobs was a visionary in his efforts to expand Apple's role in the mobile realm. According to published reports Tuesday, late Apple CEO Steve Jobs originally wanted Apple to tap unused license-free spectrum band to buck the need for already established mobile carriers to provide coverage for the first-gen iPhone.
In other words, Steve Jobs wanted Apple to serve as its own carrier for the touchscreen smartphone that has since revolutionized the mobile phone industry.
Steve Jobs initially hoped to create his own network with the unlicensed spectrum that Wi-Fi uses rather than work with the mobile operators, said wireless industry legend John Stanton.
"He and I spent a lot of time talking about whether synthetically you could create a carrier using Wi-Fi spectrum. That was part of his vision," Stanton revealed. Jobs reportedly abandoned the idea in 2007, obviously, before the iPhone was introduced with an exclusive carrier arrangement in the US through AT&T. Still Jobs "managed to have a major impact on wireless operators," Stanton said. "If I were a carrier, I'd be concerned about the dramatic shift in power that occurred."