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AT&T loses exclusive rights to the iPhone next June?

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AT&T loses exclusive rights to the iPhone next June?
An increasing number of rumors go that AT&T will lose its exclusive rights to sell the iPhone on the US market. The latest information comes from Brian Marshall, market analyst with Broadpoint AmTech, who has stated the deal between Apple and AT&T expires in June 2010. In his interview for Bloomberg ТV he also mentioned that in his opinion, the second carrier to offer the iPhone across the US would probably be Verizon. Mr. Marshall also thinks that the subsidy that telecommunication companies offer for each sold unit of Apple´s popular device will be slashed from $450 to $300 when AT&T´s exclusive rights have come to an end.

Of course, AT&T will most probably end up hurt financially if the iPhone rolls out through several other carriers, but this will certainly have positive effect on Apple´s results. For an instance, the total sales of the iPhone have more than doubled since Orange lost its exclusive rights for distribution of the device in France. 

Do you think that Verizon should jump on the bandwagon and offer the iPhone as soon as they can or you believe the carrier better sticks to Android handsets that are all the rage now?

source: FierceWireless

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posted on 20 Oct 2010, 01:44

1. tuminatr (Posts: 859; Member since: 23 Feb 2009)


posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:05

19. timbo359 (Posts: 3; Member since: 19 Nov 2009)

i used the wifi on my iphone on sprint's 4g network. IT WAS UNREAL!!! HURRY APPLE IPHONE 4G!!!!!

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:25

23. tshow84 (Posts: 65; Member since: 11 Jun 2009)


posted on 24 Nov 2009, 17:07

34. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

your an idiot. you cant do that, so please dont comment here. cdma and gsm dont work.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 21:47

47. kevinvogel13 (Posts: 5; Member since: 28 Oct 2009)

No, you two are idiots. What he said is possible.The iPhone has wifi, right? Sprint has 4g wimax, right? They also have mifi routers. I'll give you a minute to digest that information and piece it together. You two are idiots and should think twice before ever posting again...

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 11:34

2. The Doc (Posts: 122; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


posted on 24 Nov 2009, 11:37

3. jodeci888 (Posts: 44; Member since: 14 May 2009)

If Verizon gets the iPhone, AT&T is DONE!!!!!!!!

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 11:58

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

Disagree. AT&T's service will improve dramatically once all the people that love their iphone but hate the carrier leave.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 11:58

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

In other words, "CHECKMATE"!!!

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:13

10. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)

Verizon + Google + Apple = AT&T burried 6 feet under......

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:14

11. BrokenImaege (Posts: 173; Member since: 27 Jul 2009)

How does that improve the service?????? What that means is that the network isn't capable of handling the needs of thier customers.... It's already been proven that it couldn't and still can't.....

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:52

18. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)

I like how most ppl think they're all of a sudden economic forecasters for these companies. When the iPhone exclusivity leaves at&t, they're nowhere near done. I have yet to hear about a CDMA or LTE version of the iPhone running around, at least spy shot-wise; the closest thing is that iPhone mini/ nano/ w/e you want to call it. You see, at&t will still be in a good position because they're one of only two GSM carriers in the US, the iPhone is still a "GSM only" phone, and Tmo's network might not be able handle the data usage of the iPhone. So, as of now, even when at&t loses it's exclusivity, it will still be the best carrier to handle the iPhone in the US.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:13

20. YouLostTheGame (Posts: 441; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Please tell me you'r joking. It wouldn't be a big deal at all to swap in a new dual chipset from Qualcomm into Apple's phone. And then, voila! You have a iPhone World Phone on VZW. It's not as hard, or unreasonable as you make it out to be. The swap could be simple, and then consumers win as having even more choice, and like the "analyst" says, more than likely prices would come plumeting down. I say bring on the VZW iPhone. I'll be very surprised if one isn't available for big red 3Q 2010.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:15

21. trevor83 (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)

How is losing iPhone customers going to put up more 3G coverage and/or improve voice coverage? You guys are funny. fyi, when an iPhone customer leaves a cell tower doesn't pop up in their place.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:17

22. trevor83 (Posts: 19; Member since: 07 Oct 2009)

They can't handle the iPhone traffic now.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:29

24. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)

never implied it was difficult or there isn't going to be one. Also, note the quotes around "GSM only"...

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 13:30

25. artz1986 (Posts: 453; Member since: 11 Mar 2009)

Improves services as in clears up traffic..

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 14:33

28. merc56 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Sep 2009)

I think he means that all those that would jump ship with AT&T would lighten it's load and make it perform better

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 14:38

29. merc56 (Posts: 18; Member since: 16 Sep 2009)

YouLostTheGame, I believe artz was only stating that he has never seen any report or rumor of a CDMA version. I read many of the phone websites and also have never even heard rumor of a CDMA version either. With so many people involved in the manufacture of parts for a phone it seems we would get some sort of leak if something were in the works. NOT that you are wrong, it should be pretty easy to set up a world edition iPhone, but I think we would get a leak from somewhere......

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 17:39

36. yeppers (Posts: 4; Member since: 24 Nov 2009)

Ok well first off Apple hired CDMA researchers over a year ago, almost 2 years ago. with that fact out there (if you dont believe and can get a hold of either apples employment records or posts from a year to 2 years ago on this site you will see) an iphone is eminent for vzw or sprint. as far as tmoble they share the same towers as att for the most part, not all but most cases were one has one the other doesnt and they have agreements to share each others towers. the nice thing is that the iphone will finally be on a network that can support all its functionality. we all know that verizon will be the next get it and i would put money on it since it has the strongest largest and straight up the best network out there and that is what apple wants is the LTE to really show how powerful the iphone can be. As for me personally the iphone will never be in my hands until it has a PHYSICAL KEYBOARD!!!! I absolutely love the touch screen interface and the iphone is one of the best but i can not stand texting or emailing from it. just straight up blows!!! So for now and most likely for a long time the Droid or Future models of android with full keyboard phones cuz windows mobile is outdated and worthless and blackberrys just blow unless your company runs a blackberry enterprise server. So Apple if you can hear me and the many others out there you would have me for life if the next gen Iphone had a slide out qwerty keyboard!!! say what you want but i have been around the scene for over 10 years and have seen the changes and i am very excited for the future of wireless and the Iphone's emergence onto VZW.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 17:47

38. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

hey broken, that means that all of a sudden att's service will get better as their bandwith decreases and everyone goes to VZW. I wouldnt worry about VZW they have lots and lots of bandwith.. lol especially since some of the rumors are that VZW will be releasing a new 4g Iphone that is a true upgrade to the one availible... SO, VZW + LTE + DROID + 4gIphone = ATTwho?! of course, i shall still hate all things apple. lol :)

posted on 26 Nov 2009, 09:59

65. CRICKETownz (Posts: 980; Member since: 24 Oct 2009)

So essentially...he is sayin AT&T will have to be plagued with a limited amount of customers which means they can never hold the number one spot again b/c the more customers using the network the worst their network responds. Man, that's quite the logic there son... Yea...as a wireless carrier that's definitely the kind of set up I would run...so back to what dude posted earlier - "checkmate" or better yet self-check.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 11:43

4. Homotechual (Posts: 65; Member since: 27 Oct 2009)

T-mobile will get the Iphone next, being the only other major GSM carrier I don't see why they wouldn't. The Iphone will gain marketshare if released to all the carriers but at the same time, I can see it becoming like the RAZR and once everyone and their dog has one it won't be "saught" after anymore.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 11:44

6. Jake15 (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)

i think that is true to once everyone gets one its not going to be cool anymore

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:01

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

This is why Motorola now sells the Droid, it's called evolution either Apple changes with it or they will be by the waste side. Knowing how Apple operates they will evolve.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:20

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

i still do not understand your username dude.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:30

15. mthoren68 (Posts: 66; Member since: 21 Sep 2009)

That fact that a phone is at all a part of anyone's "coolness" is pathetic. In fact, if a person thinks their phone helps make them cool, that mindset automatically makes them uncool.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 17:12

35. deschats (Posts: 193; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

i really like your opinion, homotechual (sorry, i chuckled when i typed it :( but i also think there is an equal chance of verizon getting it because knowing apple, they will probablly jump at the chance for the most money. and quite honestly, i dont think t-mobiles relatively smaller network could handle the load. but you have a good opinion and i dont disagree. mine is that they will make iphone a world device so anyone could use it on any network.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 11:43

5. Jake15 (Posts: 15; Member since: 18 Nov 2009)

dude even if verizon gets the iphone im not going to buy it, i like the phone but im not going to spend that much money buying that phone and getting the service for it.

posted on 24 Nov 2009, 12:27

14. *HOVA* (Posts: 564; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

Which means you wouldn't get any smartphone so your comment is pretty irelevant.

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