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AT&T losing iPhone exclusivity this Wednesday?

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AT&T losing iPhone exclusivity this Wednesday?
Wednesday the 27th figures to be a big news day. Apple is supposed to debut its stunning new tablet and also discuss some news of interest regarding the iPhone. One of those news tidbits might have to do with AT&T's exclusivity to sell the Apple touchscreen device in the U.S. For according to an inside source, Hot Hardware is reporting that on Wednesday, the iPhone becomes a free agent. If true, this could play out in many ways. Will Verizon, the nation's number one carrier with what many feel is the best network, snap up the phone that has been a thorn in its back ever since Steve Jobs was supposedly shown the door? Of course, that would mean a CDMA version would need to be produced. Would T-Mobile be interested even if it meant competing against its upcoming stunner, the HTC HD2? And while it doesn't actually sell the Nexus One, until March, the only place to get 3G on the flagship Android phone is T-Mobile. What about Sprint? Would AT&T still want a piece of the action even if it sharply increases the demand for bandwidth? According to the story, AT&T is not happy with the data hog that is the iPhone and could let it go while compensating by offering a range of new handsets.

If this turns out to be true, Verizon could be a big winner Wednesday. Many potential iPhone buyers have shied away from the phone because they are loyal to what they perceive to be Big Red's outstanding cellular network and have been waiting for a Verizon branded iPhone. And while it is true that Big Red had presented the device as a toy during the holiday season, Verizon could up the specs and features in certain areas, similar to what it is doing with the Palm Pre, which is now the Pre Plus at Verizon. We also previously reported that it could be Verizon that gets the Apple tablet to sell. The excitement is building and we are only a few days away from having many of our questions answered.

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source: HotHardware via BGR

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. vzw fanman (Posts: 1976; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


thanks phonearena for telling us verizon's network is outstanding...i'm happy cause at&t sucks, the iphone is now free.

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 22:19

19. omarc26 (Posts: 360; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


hope fully this is true i hate at&t i have it and freaking hate it!!! i cant wait till verizon gets the iphone.. even if it doesnt end up getting the iphone i will still be leaving at&t and move to verizon i dont care if i dont have an iphone on verizon ill just get a blackberry storm or something else..

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 23:13

26. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


I would have always been planning to move back to Verizon if the iPhone ever arrived there. But I don't think I will anymore after the $350 early termination fee thingy.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 00:47

28. Kiltlifter (Posts: 742; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


then buy your phone full retail. No etf then. Or buy it on ebay or something.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 09:07

48. techie123 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Mar 2009)


Yes the ETF thing bothers me, but in all honesty where would I go? VZW simply has the best coverage that I've seen. I do a lot of traveling with my sons in Boy Scouts to all kinds of remote locations, I get great coverage. Other dads who use other providers don't get nearly as consistent coverage as I do... If you want the best coverage without any consideration to price, go with VZW. If you want cheap service go with Sprint or T-Mobile. There is no point to AT&T, unless you just must have the iPhone. However, that looks like it might change soon. AT&T will be in trouble, they'll need to beef-up their coverage or lower their prices!

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 09:57

56. jskrenes (Posts: 209; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Is the ETF thing really that big of a deal? Smartphones are all pretty heavily subsidized, so I don't see a big deal with charging extra to recover that subsidy if you leave early. Or do what kiltlifter said, you don't HAVE to sign a contract at all, or you can pay a slightly higher price and only sign a one year contract (still a $350 ETF) if you're skittish.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 12:19

60. theman414 (Posts: 132; Member since: 08 Jun 2009)


It really is. $350 is crazy! I hope Verizon never gets the iPhone because of their arrogance

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 14:54

66. blackwidow4417 (Posts: 3; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


well, if people werent abusing the bogo pricing and scamming verizon, then they wouldnt have changed it, people were buying a blackbery or droid, then adding a line for 9.99 and getting the phone for free and then canceling, and then the company is out 450 dollars, if people wouldnt abuse things, then things wouldnt have to be that way, but, you people have the convience to sit here and bitch about everything, when well in fact, regardless, you want the phones, so you will suck it up and do it anyway, so, sum all things up, grow up!

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 20:37

2. Galen20K (Posts: 541; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)


Its all up in the air as to what companies will actually sell the new apple products but one thing is certain, the Att exclusivity deal is over.

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 20:45

3. eddysson (Posts: 11; Member since: 23 Apr 2009)


yesss yesss good deal for vzw this Wednesday the game is over for ATT ........... I love verizon

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 21:01

4. thatphoneguy (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


All fluff, won't happen but thanks for the entertainment.

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 22:45

23. JocularJester (Posts: 40; Member since: 28 Oct 2009)


"fluff" is funny word. my girl and i cant stop laughing. thank you. i dont care who gets the iphone next as long the carrier is able to make good use of the apple beast. good luck to whomever gets it

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 21:08

5. ibap (Posts: 765; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


Just yesterday I corrected a dad who was telling someone that our high school has scramblers to block cell calls, because he could get no Verizon signal there. Funny, my Sprint phone works exceedingly well, as does T-mobile and Alltel. ATT is also a zero. Don't believe everything you see on carrier-provided maps, or hear in their ads.

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 21:14

6. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


they never say that they have coverage EVERYWHERE, they say that they have the most coverage. there is a difference. also, alltel is owned by verizon, wtf are you speaking of? verizons map coverage is including alltel

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 21:16

7. blackirish24 (Posts: 15; Member since: 24 Dec 2008)


IBAP....everyone has dead zones. It's known by everyone in the US that Verizon has the biggest wireless network coverage in the US. Glad your Sprint phone works at your high school. I have had Sprint and Verizon. I was Sprint customer for 8 years and traveled all over the US with it. I have done the same with my Verizon phone in the last 2 years. Coverage is no where close! Verizon network has Sprint beat by far (Get ya map out...lol). Sprint has decent phones and cheap plans...But there coverage doesn't compare to Verizon. I'll pay more money for ability to make calls in more places ....

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 21:37

9. rwolf1984 (Posts: 532; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


blackirish is right on. Sprint Sucks. You get what you pay for crap phones and crap service. Sprint roams off of Verizon, but Sprint customers don't get data service when in roaming. If you just want voice and to pay for internet and not be able to use it go with Sprint. VZW and ATT are the top 2 carriers in the country for a reason...

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 21:43

11. prettyboy1974 (Posts: 56; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


I think that's pretty funny, oh by the way you do know that sprint has a deal with Verizon to lease wireless coverage in their uncovered areas. Guess Sprint knows who's the biggest and best CDMA network also.

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 22:22

20. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


Well, at least some of your info is correct. Verizon definitely has a bigger network than Sprint. But traveling in Idaho a couple months back I couldn't get Sprint service on my Pixi or my wifes Pre till we turned on data roaming. I was able to make phone calls and surf the internet just fine with no issues, and no additional roaming charges. I've already paid the bill for that month so I know there were no additional charges. So you go ahead and keep your big expensive network. I'll pay less and ride on it whenever I'm in a bad spot. I'll hug my dollars while you kiss yours goodbye. Also I have two friends who just left Verizon to Sprint cus they were having dropped call issues in Seattle. So just before you assume their network is bulletproof cus you've had a good experience remember there are 90 million other customers with opinions too. Although I do have one friend who is leaving Sprint cus his Lotus drops calls, and I had gone through two Instinct S30s, and a Rant which had horrible service at my work before I tried an Instinct HD which had an awesome connection, then my Pixi also has an awesome connection. So you know what that tells me? Service is handset dependent first and carrier tower location second.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 07:45

37. acipollo (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Sprint works anywhere Verizon does. Sprint has a roaming agreement in place. If they can't get a signal, they use Verizons. Automatically. And FREE.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 07:47

38. acipollo (Posts: 34; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)


Also, Sprint does have data roaming with Verizon, just not 3G.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 08:38

40. rwolf1984 (Posts: 532; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


Doakie, Look at all those trashy handsets you had to go through before you got a good one...One reason that you probably had so many issues is that Sprint sell refurbs as new! Not even kidding. There is a code you can put in your phone and see, I believe it is ##786. Service is network dependent, the network is the service. But I do agree that some phones are known to get better reception than others on Sprint it is just hard to come by especially when they blow the customer experience by selling all these shady refurbed phones as new with out telling the customer. Have fun paying for your 1G/2G experience. The 1x resource you share with Verizon is significantly slower than EDGE and 3G EVDO/GSM speeds. 1x is not a 3G experience, so don't be fooled. if that works for you great, but if something were to ever happened to that roaming agreement you would be so screwed. You would have a better experience if you had a Palm Pre and Pixi plus on a more reputable 3G carrier...

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 08:42

41. rwolf1984 (Posts: 532; Member since: 06 Jun 2009)


that great. You get 1x roaming...a network solely intended for voice. No 3G data and a plethora of refurbed 3G handsets to use. enjoy. I'll get the latest phones on my 3G carrier and when Sprint can beg the manufacturer to make a cheap version to sell on their network you'll get it 3-6 months or a year later.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 09:17

49. techie123 (Posts: 54; Member since: 25 Mar 2009)


This works in THEORY only! Sprint's phones favor their own towers to the point where they will attempt to connect to a very week Sprint tower over a much stronger Verizon tower - leading to dropped calls or poor voice quality. I know, because I've had service with both and Verizon just worked better over all.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 09:28

50. Illyich (Posts: 167; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


That's because when Sprint uses Verizon's towers, they pay.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 09:34

52. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


They own it but signal is still not combined you either have alltel and alltel coverage or verizon and have verizon coverage.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 09:37

53. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


So you are saying verizon has better signal the what sprint had 3, 4 up to 8 years ago, you cannot compare signal unless you are using both at the same time, Sprint is just as good, evn better in some location, as well as verizon in others, but you cannot say it is way better when you are talking about years of diference

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 09:50

54. nosense (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jul 2009)


Sprint does not sell refurbise. Assurion is the ones that give refurbished phones and that is for every carrier, and certain retailers like radioshack is the one that sales refurbished phones not sprint. and if there are places that have refurbished it is at repair centers, and customer is aware they are buying refurbished because non insurance or they want a cheap phone without renewing their contract.

posted on 25 Jan 2010, 16:42

67. underwood2012 (Posts: 53; Member since: 12 Sep 2009)


This is not entirely true. I have the Blackberry Curve 8330 and I roam on Verizon/Alltel's network sometimes when I have four or five bars with Sprint and only two or three with roaming (I just shut off roaming to check). Now I no longer care--as long as I have coverage I am happy. Also, Sprint does, or did, have an agreement with Alltel so that they could roam onto their 3G network and vice-versa. I'm not sure if this is still in effect since Verizon bought Alltel, but I still do have 3G roaming in some places. My phone could just be messing up and putting the 3G sign up on accident, I don't know.

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 21:16

8. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


i personally think that unless they super hype up the iphone, verizon doesnt need it. the current iphone is not as good as the droid. i have no idea how it compares to the Pre, but i know that the droid is better in certain aspects. id pick droid anytime now the iTablet, sounds promising

posted on 24 Jan 2010, 23:10

25. E.N. (Posts: 2610; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


We'll see how well the Droid does if the iPhone comes to Verizon

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