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10-05-2009, 09:55 PM #1
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.
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.
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.
10-05-2009, 10:04 PM #2
Again with the Verizon speculation? We've been hearing about this since before the OG iphone came out in '07. Give it a rest. Verizon has to have their vcast or VZWireless shite on all their phones. I don't see that changing and I don't see Apple compromising either.
I see how their deals in other countries would promote speculation of their deal with AT&T only being done, but its not gonna be with Verizon.
10-05-2009, 10:07 PM #3
I am in Canada and have not heard anything. What a surprise. As far as I know thought, both Telus and Bell and CDMA carriers (no SIM card). Is Apple making a change to the iPhone or are these carriers going the way of the SIM card?
10-05-2009, 10:08 PM #4
To Verizon I hope. They are most likely because of the amount of subscribers they have, also their excellent 3G coverage. The only thing that might hold them back though is Apple will have to make an iPhone with different hardware from the current one, since Verizon phones are CDMA and AT&T is GSM SIM. I think anyway. I might have heard something about how the Blackberry Storm has a SIM card and I know that phone is exclusive to Verizon... hmm intresting...
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10-05-2009, 10:12 PM #5
I heard about this a while ago when i was debating on switching to Rogers from Telus to get the iPhone. Telus rep. told me that they are switching the systems or something like that.
Thank god i stayed with Telus
10-05-2009, 10:19 PM #6
Honestly I don't think any other network is ready to handle the immense stresses an absolute explosion of iPhone users would bring. Sure the gradual growth of the iPhone userbase has caused some serious strain to be put on AT&t's network, but its been somewhat steady. Seeing as how people on other networks (Verizon for example) desperately await the option of the iPhone on their network, there would be an IMMENSE increase in data usage, very likely causing widespread problems for that network unless they prepare for months and months in advance.
10-05-2009, 10:27 PM #7
i think apple should do away with the exclusivity contract with AT&T cause it will make AT&T more competitive with their pricing plans, they know people love their iphones and will not leave them just because of their iphone.
10-05-2009, 10:38 PM #8
Going across the border to Kan-A-Duh for a hardware unlocked phone would be easy as hell so let's skip the carrier exclusive deal and go like china.
10-05-2009, 10:50 PM #9
Exclusivity doesn't matter anymore. It used to be rare to see an iPhone. It was a big deal then. Now they are everywhere. To me it is more about customizing mine to where it is one of a kind in a sea of iPhones.
Let someone else get a piece of the pie too and hopefully my carrier will lower their plans to stay competitive.
10-05-2009, 11:09 PM #10
How about Apple giving Tmobile USA the iPhone next Summer??
10-05-2009, 11:11 PM #11
I hope they offer other carriers in the U.S. I'm tired of AT&T.If I helped then hit the thanks button...
10-05-2009, 11:31 PM #12
10-06-2009, 12:01 AM #13
They're both launching HSPA.
I'm sick of the responses in these types of threads, it's always the same old misinformation.
10-06-2009, 12:13 AM #14
I cant wait to see iphone on other carriers. I just HATE AT&T with my whole entire heart and soul. I HATE HATE and HATE AT&T...[SIhttp://modmyi.com/forums/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=2631011&dateline=1251 526432GPIC][/SIGPIC]
10-06-2009, 12:45 AM #15
I know managers and higher ups also a VP for the Verizon wireless Northern California area, with the iPhone VZW wanted full control of the phone, also to have VZW do all customer service and care dealing with the phone not Apple, also VZW didnt want Google maps and mail in the iPhone. VZW wanted to use their services. It goes on and on... I don't ever see VZW and Apple making any compromise.
10-06-2009, 12:56 AM #16
10-06-2009, 01:04 AM #17
All carriers have similar contracts, and now that AT&T started their A-List service, there's no real difference. As far as seeing the iPhone in other carriers, I don't see the point. Unless Apple makes a hardware change and releases a brand new model for CDMA networks (fat chance of this happening), the iPhone would only work with T-Mobile and even then you would not get 3G (again, unless they change the hardware).
So yeah it sucks that AT&T is the only one with the iPhone in the US but guess what? There isn't any other choice unless Apple releases a new model. And believe me when I say that if somehow the seas part and the iPhone does go through a hardware revision, expect pricing to be similar if not the same as AT&T's. If it shows up in T-Mobile, they'll probably use the same pricing as the Android data package ($24.99 for data or $34.99 for data and texting). If it shows up on Verizon, it'll use the same pricing as Blackberries ($30, same as AT&T).
The one and only reason one can argue for the iPhone on another carrier in the US is coverage.
10-06-2009, 01:05 AM #18
And VZW doesn't lock up it's smartphones anymore so drop that tired arguement.
10-06-2009, 01:19 AM #19
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