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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67 Comments

1. tuminatr

Posts: 1090; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

first

19. timbo359

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 19, 2009

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

23. tshow84

Posts: 65; Member since: Jun 11, 2009

YOU ARE A MORON

34. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

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

47. kevinvogel13

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 28, 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...

2. The Doc

Posts: 122; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

*YAWN*

3. jodeci888

Posts: 75; Member since: May 14, 2009

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

7. Illyich

Posts: 167; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

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

8. prettyboy1974

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 2009

In other words, "CHECKMATE"!!!

10. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

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

11. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 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.....

18. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 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.

20. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 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.

21. trevor83

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 07, 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.

22. trevor83

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 07, 2009

They can't handle the iPhone traffic now.

24. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

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

25. artz1986

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Improves services as in clears up traffic..

28. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 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

29. merc56

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 16, 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......

36. yeppers

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 24, 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.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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 :)

65. CRICKETownz

Posts: 980; Member since: Oct 24, 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.

4. Homotechual

Posts: 65; Member since: Oct 27, 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.

6. Jake15

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 18, 2009

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

9. prettyboy1974

Posts: 56; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

13. vzw fanman

Posts: 1976; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

i still do not understand your username dude.

15. mthoren68

Posts: 66; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

35. deschats

Posts: 193; Member since: Jun 09, 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.

5. Jake15

Posts: 15; Member since: Nov 18, 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.

14. *HOVA*

Posts: 564; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

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

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