AT&T holds iPhone exclusivity till 2012, according to some old docs

AT&T holds iPhone exclusivity till 2012, according to some old docs
Although there were some rumors that AT&T will lose its exclusive rights over the Apple iPhone this year, some old, but official court documents dating back to 2008 have been found, revealing that the original AT&T - Apple agreement on the iPhone exclusivity period has been set to 5 years. This means the agreement should expire in 2012, but of course, it isn't 100% certain if there weren't any changes following this initial contract.

For example, last year we saw Brian Marshall, market analyst with Broadpoint AmTech, state that the deal between Apple and AT&T will expire in June 2010. However, this February a number of analysts insisted that Apple is going to extend its agreement with the carrier until 2011. So that's another possible option.

And what would you prefer? A couple more years of AT&T exclusivity, or a Verizon-branded Apple iPhone right now?

But while we are waiting for Apple CEO Steve Jobs walk on stage at this year's WWDC to announce the next iPhone and the carrier/s it will be available with, why don't you check out these hot iPhone 4G news stories.

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27 Comments

1. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

Ha ha phonearena please get your story straight.. " Verizon will get it this year.." 10 minutes later "iphone exclusive to at&t till 2012!" GOODNESS At&t keep it, then announce your keeping it so we don't get contradicting stories.... I wish we could -1 the stories!

7. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Verizon not getting the iphone for a bit

15. VZWtrainer

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 24, 2008

VZW doesn't need the iPhone. They have still been extremely successful for the past 3 years without it. Why would they want to agree to Apple's rediculous demands for a carrier to have their phone? (carrier cannot do tech support, no insurance can be added, etc.)

17. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yea why would they want a phone that would make them even more successful, that's just ridiculous.

20. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I know right, who in their right might would want to make more money? Crazy people these days.

26. brandoncallaway

Posts: 1; Member since: May 12, 2010

vzwtrainer is unfortunately an employ of vzw sho brainwashed...as a former employee i can say this...they tell us crap like that to hate the iphone like the fact u cant take the batt out! who cares? why would i want to take the batt out?

2. ToddD00

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

Phone arena is retarded. We all know how they love to start an article off with "as we reported here" and hyperlink to one of their old topics. They can post both of those and it's win-win for them. Chances are if they report enough variants one will be dead on. Lmbo I agree though -1 for articles in general from phonearena

14. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Not sure if you guys don't know how to read or just don't understand how tech/phone blogs work...this info was just released and is from 2008. The question is whether or not the original agreement has been amended/changed in any way due to coverage issues as well as law suits against Apple and AT&T. So yes, the original agreement WAS for 5 years but neither Apple or AT&T will confirm or deny is that agreement is even still in place. Then you have the numerous reports that started after the Wall Street Journal reported that there was an iPhone for VZW in the works which was to be launched later this year. WSJ is a pretty reputable source and that is who PA sourced in the original VZW iPhone story. Now today we see that VZW has hired advertising firm Landor Associates to handle the advertising of a CDMA iPhone for this summer. Why are they hiring an AD firm to start advertizing a phone to release this year if AT&T has exclusive rights until 2012? Maybe because this old 5 year agreement is nothing more than an old agreement and we will see a CDMA iPhone launch this year? That is why they post these stories....no one know for sure but they are a phone blog so they post any and all phone related news...not sure why that is so hard for you to understand.

3. fsjon

Posts: 120; Member since: Sep 03, 2009

You people should read where the sources are from before posting...PA only congregates news. If the source say the iphone will have wings or the evo will be the next ruler of england, it's from someone else, not them.

5. tallica05

Posts: 93; Member since: Dec 26, 2009

LOL +1

6. ToddD00

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 30, 2009

So if someone tells you your stupid, do you go back and tell everyone else??? Sounds like you would. So.. Fsjon your not the brightest crayon in the bunch. Just remember that if anyone questions you tell them you had to say it because ToddD00 said it and you are just relaying the info. Disclaimer: Source- your friend

22. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

"So if someone tells you your stupid, do you go back and tell everyone else" -that was a terrible example. why would someone want to spread something thats degrading especially when it has to do with himself? And his point was that people are complaining about this information when it is not phonearena that came up with this information. People keep telling PA to make up their mind when there is nothing to think about. They report information as it comes in. If you want to question the credibility of the information, go directly to the source and don't complain to PA. So if someone says that the iPhone will have wings and they have enough credible and useful evidence to back it up, why not report it?

4. ostranderterry

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

if those court documents are correct this article only goes to show that Brian Marshall is an idiot of a market analyst...thumbs down brian marshall, thumbs down - or a "-1" if you would prefer, I know I would noone likes a thumbs down let alone two in a row

8. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

No, this is legit as I have said it all along - alot of you believe the media online hype, for whatever foolish reason. There is, however, an opt out year for 2011 and 2012, that apple can exercise. I know these facts because I have insiders in the company (relatives and friends).

9. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Who even cares anymore this has been the most con traversal rumor known to man, just let it rest geez. Let Att have there iphone

13. Sellcell

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2010

I def agree with this, I mean the iphone is great and all, but I would take an Android phone over a iPhone any day.

10. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

From a company with a better rep: AT&T Mobility (NYSE:T) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) signed a five-year exclusivity agreement in 2007 for the iPhone, according to recently unearthed court documents. When the exclusive relationship between the two firms will end has long been a key point of debate in the wireless industry. In 2007, shortly before the original iPhone was released, USA Today reported that the two companies had entered into a five-year deal ending in 2012. However, Apple and AT&T never publicly confirmed this, and speculation has since run rampant on when AT&T may lose its hold on the iPhone. However, according to court documents unearthed by Engadget, Apple asserts it is common knowledge that the deal is for five years. In the filing with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, Apple said the length of the agreement is no secret. "[T]here was widespread disclosure of [AT&T's] five-year exclusivity and no suggestion by Apple or anyone else that iPhones would become unlocked after two years," the filing states. "Moreover, it is sheer speculation--and illogical--that failing to disclose the five-year exclusivity term would produce monopoly power." The filing is part of an ongoing case over whether Apple's relationship with AT&T for the iPhone constitutes a monopoly. Of course, it's unclear whether the original agreement has been ammended in the intervening years. An AT&T spokeswoman declined to comment, and an Apple spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. In March, the Wall Street Journal reported Apple is going to produce a CDMA version of the iPhone this year, which reignited speculation over a potential iPhone for CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless (NYSE: VZ). The CDMA phone in question is not for Verizon as the erroneuos reports state, but for the CDMA ASIAN markets such as the huge one in CHINA.

11. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 2009

Lol...the danglin of the iPhone continues on. Sucks for you iPhone junkies waitin for it to hit your network. Sprint has the EVO, Verizon has the Incredible, T-Mo has the HD2. I'm good with my Droid...not sure about the rest of you not on At&t's network.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am good with my TILT I (modified) and the SKYFIRE APP. I have not seen a phone out there yet that has made me jump up to buy it....

27. ostranderterry

Posts: 61; Member since: Apr 14, 2010

Maybe the TILT 2 with they skyfire app? lol

16. som

Posts: 768; Member since: Nov 10, 2009

VERIZON doesn't need iPhone let ATT keep iPhone for life.

18. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Those commercials that tell us "THERE's A MAP FOR THAT" tells us that, yes,VERIZON, wants the iphone, or is scared of its potential with AT&T. AT&T has pretty much outdid VERIZON in terms of subscriber net gains for quite some time, excl the ALLTEL acquisition. Verizon reminds me of that policitians who politicks using negative ads.

19. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

The ONLY reason ATT has growth right now is because of the iPhone. If they didn't have they would have actually lost customer base

21. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

and if Sprint didn't have the WORST CS ever they would have some real customers..your point Mr.crapple?

23. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Yea, my point is without the iPhone, ATT would have had negative growth and Verizon is growing regardless.... And your pathetic argument with Sprint? That's fixable, they just don't. So they deserve to shrink. Unfortunately theres a contract involved with this iPhone so luckily for ATT they will continue to grow or at least maintain their customer base until the exclusivity expires... Your move, punk...

24. WhoDatBe

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 25, 2010

when you say because of apple att would not be where they are at, its like saying with out michael jordan, kobe, tom brady that team would have never win a championshipw/o them. its a stupid thing to say, of course it wouldnt have happened with that aquisition. its a smart move to hold on to it for that long and get it first. good job to att for making that bold move and getting successful at it. Quit hating on everything that u suck at or cant have.

25. iHateCrapple

Posts: 734; Member since: Feb 12, 2010

Well that's why their are MVP's my friend.....Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Phone, etc. And no, it's not a stupid thing to say because do you see the Chicago Bulls in the news nowadays? Nope. I agree to a certain extent that it was smart to get the phone first, however, 5 years IS an ETERNITY in the mobile universe. And that's exactly why ATT is behind the game......They just got their first Android phone and it's crippled!?!? They are just now getting the Palm phones and selling them at a ridiculous price?!?!? So tell me Whodatbe....what do I suck at now? And what don't I have? Besides an overly hyped, locked down ecosystem of a phone?? Please, do tell....

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