AT&T Mobility CEO's remarks hint to iPhone exclusivity to soon end
There's no doubt how much the iPhone changed the landscape of the mobile phone industry here in the US. AT&T just recently announced how the iPhone managed to drive a good portion of their activations during their most recent third quarter. At the same time, they continue to build steam during a time when most companies are reporting heavy financial losses. Although the cash flow is steadily coming in thanks to Apple's mobile gem, it may somehow feel a bit ominous knowing that AT&T's exclusivity on it may soon end. AT&T Mobility CEO, Ralph de la Vega provided some probable insights as to what might occur in the near future about their one of a kind exclusivity on the iPhone. During a conference call with analysts, he was heard saying that AT&T has a “legacy of having a great portfolio...that will continue after the iPhone is no longer exclusive to us.” Further on, he goes into how AT&T's commitment to be the only carrier with HSPA 7.2 so that new devices, like Android, will “work best” on their network. So maybe they won't be missing it too much at that point, but credit is definitely given to the iPhone's impact on AT&T – both the good, bad, and the ugly.