AT&T Mobility CEO's remarks hint to iPhone exclusivity to soon end

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.

via 9to5mac

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10 Comments

1. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

well, now once the iphone is away from at&t we will be able to see at&t's true colors.

2. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

LOL sometimes you just have to wonder where at t would be if they didnt have the iphone anymore, or to start off with......

3. Kain125

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 13, 2009

They would probably be bankrupt. I mean honestly, what other phone do they have that could compete with anybody else other than the iPhone?

4. zerovampire311

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

The Tilt 2, Pure, Bold 9700, Eternity/Solstice, and Impression are all very nice phones, better than some of Verizon's offerings. Not to mention alot of handset manufacturers are putting their focus on AT&T this quarter. Check out videos on the LG Arena and LG Crystal, those are gonna be pretty damn nice.

9. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Actually, the majority of the problems that AT&T's network is experiencing in major metropolitan areas right now is directly because of all the smartphone activations on AT&T's network. Even when the iPhone exclusivity is done, I promise they're not going to go 'bankrupt.' That's just silly.

5. AZNphoneGeek

Posts: 200; Member since: May 15, 2009

having the iphone's contract with att is kind of bittersweet. because the 3 other major carriers did not have access to the device, it pushed them to have phones developed for them that would not only compete, but would attempt to equal or best the iconic device. now when this phone becomes avaiable on other carriers, will the industry settle? vendors will still try to surpass it with other inovative products but they will not recieve the financial incentive from the carriers anymore. apple didn't make the best product, they just made a very smart and good one.

6. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Great insight. But I guess only time will tell what the carriers will do

7. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Wow, how prophetic: "...after the iPhone is no longer exclusive to us.” Of course the iPhone wasn't going to stay with ATT forever. Anyone who thought otherwise would either have to have half a brain or living on another plane of existence. It always cracked me up when people on here or other websites would say "Oh, the iPhone will NEVER go to VZW (or any other carrier for that matter)". Gimme a break. For everyones sakes, I hope the exclusivity ends earlier than later; say around June-ish of next year or so. Whether the iPhone goes to VZW or not, ATTs loss of exclusivity of the iPhone is something I have welcomed with open arms every day since it was released; and especially since the iPhone has obviously become ATTs only true cash cow and reason for any kind of substantial adds each quarter. I can't wait to see what people choose when their beloved phone is available on other/better carriers!

8. dubracer223

Posts: 46; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

i don't think that at&t would've bankrupted but they definitely not had the success that they've had without it. now that it looks like the honeymoon maybe over they gotta step it up and not be so dependent on the "golden egg". i hope that while they were raking in the cash of the iphone they were coming up with their new game plan.

10. Jyakotu

Posts: 867; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Well, once the iPhone isn't exclusive, now people will actually look at the HTC Tilt 2, the HTC Pure, and all the other wonderful touchscreen phones the carrier has to offer. Besides, every carrier has some iconic device right? AT&T has the iPhone, Verizon had the BB Storm, Sprint has the Palm Pre, and T-Mobile has the Sidekick.

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