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01-25-2010, 10:51 AM #1
Two Days Left for AT&T iPhone Exclusivity?
According to a report on HotHardware.com, AT&T will lose its US iPhone exclusivity on Wednesday, the same day that Apple is supposedly going to announce their long-rumored tablet/slate thing. Though this report - which it attributed to a source inside AT&T - does not mention what other carrier or carriers will support the iPhone, recent rumors have increasingly named Verizon Wireless, the second-largest wireless carrier in the United States.
AT&T has long been criticized for what is perceived as poor performance on the carrier's 3G network. The anonymous source supposedly claims that AT&T "is tired of taking the heat" for the iPhone's network issues, and the article asserts without explanation that "the iPhone itself doesn't really handle the switch from 3G to EDGE very well." While dropped calls and poor throughput have been common complaints, the specific attribution of problems to the auto-switch from UMTS 3G to EDGE (which is actually also a 3G technology) have not been widely reported.
The article notes without comment the remarks by Verizon chief executive Ivan Seidenberg back in October that indicated his carrier would be happy to host the iPhone but that the decision was up to Apple. Reports back when the iPhone was introduced in 2007 suggested that Verizon and Apple had failed to come to terms on pricing, leaving Apple to negotiate a deal with AT&T.
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01-25-2010, 10:54 AM #2
does this mean that those of us who bought our iphone with at&t won't have an upgrade for the "iphone 4g" ?
01-25-2010, 10:57 AM #3
01-25-2010, 11:00 AM #4
there is the possibility that if apple announces a new sku that it will only be available on one and not both carriers. so, maybe.
01-25-2010, 11:02 AM #5
Yep that would be true if the iPhone 4g was introduced as a "Verizon Wireless" exclusive
01-25-2010, 11:04 AM #6
^ I think this just means that Verizon will have an iPhone, I mean at&t offers an upgrade price for ALL phones. What I don't like is that everyones gonna have an iPhone now o.O and they might become "not cool" anymore since its the in thing LOL. but hey maybe there is a great hacker on verizon, who will bring great things when the phone becomes available to him/her.
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01-25-2010, 11:06 AM #7
Apple is not going to exclusively bring the iPhone to Verizon. If anything they will have both GSM and CDMA versions of the iPhone. It would be an extremely bad idea for them to go exclusively to Verizon.
01-25-2010, 11:08 AM #8
I don't think Apple is lame enough to piss off SO MANY at&t customers by only offering a new 4G phone on Verizon.
01-25-2010, 11:15 AM #9
I dont see that happening. What I hope happens is AT&T and Verizon get into some major price wars! As far as the new iPhone (4G) goes, I'm confident Geohot and/or the Dev team will come up with something. Tethered or untethered, hopefully they find an exploit in the latest bootrom for untethered.
01-25-2010, 11:22 AM #10
01-25-2010, 11:25 AM #11
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01-25-2010, 11:32 AM #12
"Verizon Wireless, the second-largest wireless carrier in the United States"
What? There's some other carrier that I don't know about with more subscribers than Verizon? So that means AT&T is the 3rd largest, and Sprint and T-Mobile are 4th and 5th? I'm so confused!!!Does this rag smell like chloroform to you?
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01-25-2010, 11:36 AM #13
For all we know, this could be the only annoucement on my birthday the 27th
01-25-2010, 11:54 AM #14
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01-25-2010, 12:12 PM #16
01-25-2010, 12:23 PM #17
Its all about money . Apple will not pull the iphone from AT&T and go exclusively with Verizon . I'll bet my 3G on it !
01-25-2010, 12:38 PM #18
Hmm so all this talk of AT&T loosing their exclusive deal with Apple huh? These are all rumors and nothing more. Until the man Steve says it i won't believe it. If all of this is false in the end i'm going to laugh my a s s off.
01-25-2010, 12:50 PM #19
man... i just dont feel cool anymore for having an Iphone now.. like dang.. F verizon!
01-25-2010, 01:15 PM #20