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AT&T prepared for life without the iPhone exclusivity, makes the iPhone-to-Verizon claims even stronger

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AT&T prepared for life without the iPhone exclusivity, makes the iPhone-to-Verizon claims even stronger
It seems that AT&T is resigned to the fact that the end of its iPhone exclusivity is coming soon, as yesterday its CFO, as well as AT&T's Emerging Devices head stated that the second-largest US carrier is prepared for life without the iPhone.

During the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference yesterday, AT&T CFO Richard Lindner said that:

“At some point, as with all exclusive arrangements, the iPhone exclusivity deal ends and it’s important to support devices on all the major operating systems, particularly those at the higher end that tend to be more data intensive.”

His words were complemented by Glenn Lurie, AT&T Emerging Devices head who spoke at the D: Dive into Mobile conference:

“We are not worried about the loss of iPhone exclusivity at all. We are in position to compete with anyone who has any device at any time. The key is having a lot of devices that people want. We’re very excited about the new Android devices. We’re excited about Windows Phone 7. We’re the only provider in the U.S. that has every OS.”

Unsurprisingly, AT&T representatives are making "all the right noises", but only time will reveal is the second-largest US carrier really ready for life without the iPhone exclusivity or is it merely saving face for the public. This may very well mean that one of the longest running smartphone soap operas - the iPhone to Big Red story - is coming to its happy end.

source: All Things Digital

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posted on 09 Dec 2010, 10:20

1. dt401 (Posts: 12; Member since: 13 Oct 2010)

When IS that date though? When does that exclusivity contract end exactly?

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 11:00 1

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

AT&T has been saying that for over a year and a half. Although signs point to a CDMA iPhone...the same thing happens every year with the same rumors. I'll wait until Steve Jobs gets on stage with a big red check mark behind him.

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 11:21

3. PapaJay224 (Posts: 866; Member since: 08 Feb 2009)

and a black turtle neck, jeans, and joggin shoes.

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 19:14

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Thank GOD it's leaving AT&T. I'm getting sick and tired of all the crappy Android phones and others that AT&T keeps getting. Verizon can keep the P.O.S. Iphone with it's glitches cause more people will have even more problems if it comes to Verizon no matter what carrier is on. And I NEED A NEW PHONE SOON UPGRADE is available now.

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 22:42

6. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

So the iPhone is a piece of garbage, yet you want to upgrade to it?

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 20:54

5. Jeradiah3 (Posts: 1116; Member since: 11 Feb 2010)

As a former AT&T employee and current AT&T customer, im glad that the "crap" phone is leaving AT&T. id say, let verizon get the i-phone so that their network can crash and burn with ALL of the smartphones they have


seems to me that verizon want to be the best, well let them have the chance and we'll see what happens. they have LTE, but its limited and they dont have any LTE phones yet so i hope that this doesnt doom verizon cause itd be a shame if it were

posted on 09 Dec 2010, 22:48 1

7. TKFox007 (Posts: 303; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Verizon has a much bigger and robust network than AT&T, and CDMA is more powerful than GSM, so I don't think that the iPhone would have the issues it has that it does on AT&T.

Verizon wants the iPhone to get those customers who left for AT&T for the iPhone back. And so that it's line up of smartphones are able to compete with AT&T as they are their biggest competitor. Verizon is already balls deep in Android, but there are those people that want to have variety in their phones. So even though it doesn't look like they need it, they really do.

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