AT&T to keep iPhone through 2011?

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AT&T to keep iPhone through 2011?
Amid talk that AT&T is about to lose its iPhone exclusivity in the U.S., Credit Suisse analyst Jonathan Chaplin writes that the carrier will be keeping its hold on Apple's touchscreen handset for the next 12 to 18 months. Chaplin says that AT&T will use the remaining time it has as the sole U.S. provider to clear up the problems with its network so that its customers will have a good iPhone experience for the last few months of exclusivity. If current AT&T iPhone customers have a great network experience, they are less likely to follow the unit to a new network like Verizon, when the handset is allowed to become a free agent in the U.S. Chaplin's report says that there is a 75% probability that the iPhone stays exclusive on AT&T through 2011. Once the exclusivity period is over, the analyst sees a CDMA version of the device becoming available for both Verizon and Sprint.

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source: Gigaom


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17 Comments

1. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Eh, again tired of hearing about iPhone rumors given the last round of rumors were wrong... BUT This would be a great reason why we are seeing AT&T change their ways with VOIP (Skype and Vonage) as well as streaming live TV over 3G (SlingBox). I think we all can assume that the iPhone deal is coming close to an end, but you never know. AT&T could pump cash into Apple that Verizon is unwilling to do or T-Mobile and Sprint can't afford to do.

2. Steven58

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 25, 2009

With all due respect, after Steve Job's lame announcement, last week, which did NOT include the iPhone update and Verizon iPhone, I DON'T CARE ANYMORE. I'll be going from my xv6900 (windows mobile), to android, specifically the N1. This jerk (Steve Jobs) gave us (the people) what HE WANTED to give us, (iPad), Not what WE WANTED (VZ iPhone). I'm done with Apple.

9. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Those were just freaking rumors appearing left and right. Just because people all over the intenet are saying that they hope and want the iPhone on Verizon doesn't mean Apple was going to do it. And what do you mean what "we wanted"? I'm sure many people couldn't care less.

3. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

I think Verizon is just playing everyone and getting people riled up with iPhone envy. iPhone is an at&t thing...i dont think it will ever come to Verizon...

5. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

what does Verizon have to do with it? dumbass Verizon isnt playing anyone, everyone just wants the phone on a better network, Verizon never said anything about launching an iphone

4. dadoo985

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 30, 2009

I FEEL THE SAME WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6. YouLostTheGame

Posts: 441; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

"Analysts" don't know anything! The only diff between an analyst and any of us on here is that they get paid to speculate and bullshit everyone. "There's a 75% chance that the iPhone will keep it's exclusivity"? Huh? Where the hell did he come up with that number?! At the end o the day, this guy is just another banker, trying his hand at manipulating the market with BS. There's absolutely no reason to believe anything this guy says. There isn't even any factual points to back any of his assumptions up. Other rumors about the iPhone are usually based on at least a threadbare of fact. This guy's just blowing smoke. At the end of the day, we really don't know what will happen, but I rarely ever put faith in an "analyst"!

8. Kappy

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 14, 2009

good point!

13. Cali_E

Posts: 196; Member since: Sep 24, 2008

exactly

7. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Newsflash to Apple: nobody really cares anymore. Your phone is overated. Android _____ on _______ network > iPhone on AT&T's shitwork.

10. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Haha, sure. I was actually considering buying an Android phone a few weeks ago because I'm so sick of my iPhone now. But after watching videos and reviews I decides that I'll wait for Apple to upgrade their phone or Android to get better.

11. Pr0cl1v1ty

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 26, 2008

the nexus one. is better.

12. odeccit

Posts: 5; Member since: Feb 02, 2010

Only after it will become "Global Ready".

14. jrcrow79

Posts: 477; Member since: May 02, 2008

Iphone still has/always have the BEST keyboard ever!!..google the comp if you dont believe me...Ipad isnt even out yet so jump on whatever conclusion u want to guys..Nexus II is gonna have a phys. keyboard anyways..soon enough..prolly next year...I thought iphone was a free bird?..meh..whatever..I Thankgod have yet to EVER have ANY issue with my att wireless/Uverse services!!

15. rhomaion

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 23, 2009

Most people don't have issues with AT&T but for the few unlucky peeps that live in the major scum heap cities of New York and San Francisco they get garbage for service. Too bad that's the only ones the comment on this site.

16. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

"most people don't have issues"???? are you insane? it's the NUMBER 1 issue every Customer has with ATT. it's the NUMBER 1 reason they got dead last in consumer reports. so just because you may not have issues doesn't meen you are in the majority, cause you are definately in the minority you are such a fanboy. stop spewing your propoganda BS

17. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

@ Legacystar. Why dont you stop telling people what to do and stop using the term fanboy because you are amongst the biggest vzw cock sucking fanboys there are along with vzwfanman and vzwemp, etc. You guys always refer to everyone as fanboys when you preach the verizon word as if you were getting paid or something. Its pathetic. Verizon users suffer from what i like to call "diarrhea of the mouth" you guys never shut up about your" flawless" network, and never stop complaining about the iphone. You guys are partially the reason why the iphone hype doesnt die. Vzw people give it the most attention.

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