Apple to extend iPhone exclusivity with AT&T?

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Apple to extend iPhone exclusivity with AT&T?
While the hip bet was to put your money on a Verizon branded iPhone in 2010, some of the smart money is beginning to think that AT&T might be able to get Apple to sign an exclusivity extension. iSuppli corporation is part of the latter group and in a report they state that the growth of High Speed Packet Access being put to use by the carrier is enough to keep the iPhone away from the other wireless operators. The report estimates that by 2012, there will be 1.4 billion subscribers using HSPA technology. That compares favorably with the 304.6 million people predicted in 2013 to be using the Ev-Do technology that Verizon uses. Francis Sideco, principal analyst, wireless communications at iSuppli says, "Speculation is rife that Apple will end its exclusive U.S. iPhoneservice deal with AT&T when the current contract expires in June2010 and begin to offer phones that work with the Verizon network. However, iSuppli doesn’t believe this will be the case."

The unanswered question is whether or not AT&T actually benefits from the deal with Apple. Most iPhone users say that their number one problem with the device is the carrier. Jagdish Rebello, iSuppli's director and principal analyst, says that the AT&T network is getting overloaded by data traffic from iPhone users using the internet and apps. But the real problem according to Rebello is that the nation's second largest carrier has not been able to turn all of this traffic into revenue. Instead, the carrier is going to throw $17 billion dollars at its network next year in order to improve the service.

The report says that while AT&T could indeed extend its exclusivity with Apple for the current iPhone model, Verizon could step in to offer a tablet device, or even a new version of the iPhone.

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46 Comments

42. vmatikov

Posts: 55; Member since: Jan 28, 2009

Lol what difference does it make to ANYONE what carrier the iPhone is on.. I mean I'm gonna get the next iPhone when it's inevitably released next year (I'll probly camp out too..), and if I have to switch carriers, so be it

37. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Why ATT is always getting the good phones....??? simple they have the world standart HSPA (GSM based), CDMA is very limited and can't compete, many fanboys still think on their minds EVDO is a big player but cellphones manufactures speak different, VZW is gonna become a big contender when they switch on LTE meanwhile they got to settle with whatever cell makers wanna do, also fanboys don't stop talking bullcrap about how good is their network and how well VZ would handle an iphone, it will be the sAme exact stuff guys ATT network is hammered cuz millions of the iphones the same exact thing VZW have if they get the iphone or probably worst cuz is CDMA can't handle much data trafic as HSPA does so fanboyz stop talking trash and make a research is free on wikepedia...!!!

40. Vlondril

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 22, 2009

no offence doggiefresh.....but I think a dictionary, thesaurus, and and english writting lesson or two might do you some good....It was a little difficult trying to decipher what you wrote.

41. Vlondril

Posts: 91; Member since: Aug 22, 2009

of course the same could be said about my typeos...lol

45. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

That won't happen if you have any idea what is a cellphone technology, this web page is to much for you dude try confederatephones.com you might learn some....!!!!!

33. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

I think it so so petty how someone can single out a phone just because it isnt offered on their network...So many people hate the iphone simply because of two reasons....1.) its a high end phone that is constantly talked about..2) Its only available through att...Why cant SOME not all but SOME people admit that its a damn good phone...I know a good phone when i see one...For example the Palm Pre is a good phone and i can accept that even though it isnt on my chosen network...when it comes to a phone, its all a matter of the consumers wants and needs for a device...some people may like the pre for its multi tasking and some may lean to the iphone because of the 65,000 apps for it...its all a matter of opinion...Verizon people are especially good at bashing phones because they arent available to them...They do the greatest amount of complaining even though they claim their carrier is far superior to the rest...i constantly always hear " WHY CANT WE HAVE THIS, WHY CANT WE HAVE THAT, WHY DOES ATT GET THE STORM 2, THIS ISNT FAIR, BLACKBEERY STORM FTW, IPHONE SUCKS, TMOBILE WHO ???ALL HAIL VERIZON WIRELESS,....If you ( the verizon customer) are not happy with anything and think that everything is unfair, then I think its time to switch carriers...After all u dont see anyone else ranting like that...

36. dasanman69

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 11, 2009

See I'm a Verizon customer, have been one for years and will continue being one. Why do I stay with them? Because the first thing anyone buys a phone for is to make and receive calls. With Verizon those are made and received at an almost 100% success rate, plus MMS and SMS msgs sent and received, and VMs received immediately. I'm just a lil tired of seeing all these great phones coming out for another carrier other than Verizon.And I don't think its unfair because I laugh whenever I'm speaking to someone with an iPhone and our call drops, which is about 90% of the time, when they call back I answer with laughter as soon as I hear them say "sorry, the call got dropped" BTW AT&T will be getting the storm2 at the same time Verizon releases it.

43. tflex

Posts: 146; Member since: Oct 24, 2008

What ur saying is ridiculous...I have an iphone and havent had a dropped call yet...u like many other people, always try and use that when u dont even have att...in my area i get perfect service and elsewhere....if att was so crappy as verizon fanboys claim, i wouldnt be on their network...the only time ive noticed verizon better than att is in some areas of the boonies...other than that att is right up with verizon...oh and u know what?? Im willing to sacrifice one bar of service to verizon in the boonies to have a good phone...verizons lineup is flat out terrible....all these envys and chocolates...who the hell cares about those rehash phones...

44. vzw fanman

Posts: 1977; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

the storm is an awesome device!!!! i dont know what your smoking bro but the envys are awesome phones. i just hate people who have gayt&t because when i text them i never know if they actually got the text message or not. i just think it's funny no matter what website you go on or poll, people are always more subject to support verizon than any other carrier. and i just hate the iphone because i hate all apple pruducts.

32. Techman101

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 12, 2009

I hope at&t still is going to make the iPhone because I am thinking of getting one the 3GS. I hope Alltel or Verizon will carry the phone if At&t quits carying that phone. I love the Iphone.

39. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

Nobody plans to quit carrying the phone, it will probably just expand. Maybe to TMobile first, then to VZW and Sprint.

30. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

put this bluntly....who gives a damn.....

23. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

AT&T once again taking over the world!

26. Quemical

Posts: 162; Member since: Jul 14, 2009

In your dreams pal!

14. dasanman69

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 11, 2009

Wait a second, is no one paying attention to those numbers? 1.4 billion people and 304.6 million? There are only some 300 odd million people in the US. So those are worldwide numbers I assume, which have nothing to do with AT&T outside of the US. So how do you come to the conclusion that Apple and AT&T would extend its contract based on numbers of people that aren't AT&T customers. Plus by 2013 there aren't gonna be many people on EVDO anyways, they'll be on Verizon's LTE network.

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

Well I guess it means that there will be more people using HSPA technology than EVDO. So basically there will be more business with HSPA in the future so getting the iphone in the U.S. with Verizon, which probably (I'm guessing) won't make up that large of a percentage of the 300 million. So getting the iphone on Verizon isn't really all that crucial to Apple at the moment and in the near future.

27. dasanman69

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 11, 2009

BTW LTE is superior to HSPA. So again the people on AT&T will have slower speeds than Verizon

31. DOGIEFRESH

Posts: 316; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Hey dude do you Know ATT also will have LTE......???? and they will have an advantage over VZW cuz LTE is backward compatible with HSPA and GSM, VZW should sell phones like NEXTEL with different signals and no integration.

35. dasanman69

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 11, 2009

DUH!!! Yes I do, and AT&T will be at least one year behind Verizon, which in the cellular world is a long time.If 55% of iPhone owners hate AT&T now, lets see what percentage its gonna be during that year. Verizon has close to 90 million subscribers without a flagship phone to speak of, they got those customers by having the best network. So I'm sure they have a really good plan to keep them happy and continue to grow.

13. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Oh, THIS JUST IN: There is a possibility that maybe there's a chance that a phone that cleans your house could be available through Verizon. This is all just suspicion and rumor, however, it is a 50/50 possibility that it may or may not happen. John Smith, an industry analyst for the company Cell Rumors, stated, "The iCleanPhone could be in production with one of many companies, and has been spotted by many infiltrating nomes we've dispatched to find information. It came back unconclusive, but we're led to believe that the iCleanPhone will be a gamebreaker." On the other hand, Dan Hess, CEO of Sprint was quoted as saying, "The idea of a phone that cleans is absurd, we might have been offered it, but if we were, we turned it down because it may or may not have sold very well." Our studies were inconclusive as well, but needless to say, if this phone does come out, people may or may not be happy.

24. jkeskel

Posts: 52; Member since: May 23, 2009

Lol.

38. BlackberryUser

Posts: 609; Member since: Jun 26, 2009

I don't think anybody could have said it better.

12. WKlingbeil

Posts: 215; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

The iPad... How ridiculous, tablet pc's are a complete waste of time. If I'm going to carry around a computer, it's going to be a mini netbook, not a pc that's the same size whose risk of damaging the screen is 500% more likely. It's completely silly of VZW to waste time and money on a tablet pc. The people that will be interested in it will have no understanding of $60/month internet access, and will just want one so they can post it on their twitter pages.

17. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Realize most people are getting the 39.99 plan and wifi to have it

9. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

Look, here is the answer to everyones question. Per our CEO, Verizon Wireless will not take an IPhone that is not 4G capable. Plain and simple. Apple hasn't even begun to look at this technology. Also, with the exclusive contract that AT&T has, Verizon won't get one till at least 2011. Yes, we are getting an I-Pad from Apple and that should be coming in 30-45 days......

11. Kiltlifter

Posts: 742; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Do you mean an announcementabout the iPad (iTablet) coming in 30-45 days? Or do you mean that it will be available to end users in 30-45 days? Becuase if it is the latter, I would be massively impressed that more informcation hasn't leaked or FCC documentation or something.

16. BrokenImaege

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 27, 2009

It's hidden but it has been seen by upper management. We have upper management informing us about getting ready to sell it. We expect it right before holidays

46. VZWProductTestr

Posts: 56; Member since: Jul 03, 2009

You sir are blowing smoke. Your information is completely unfounded

7. VZWfangirl

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 25, 2009

I could care less if the iPhone comes to Verizon. Who wants something that looks the exact same after every upgrade. Furthermore who wants a phone where if they accidentally lose it or break it, you have to buy a new one at full retail. iPhone is a joke now. They would have to do something really big for me to want one. None of this, oh we added video capturing, oh now there is copy and paste. Seriously get with the times. It was cool when it came out but now its just late.

10. HatedaIphone

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 08, 2009

Agreed !

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