Now, Tim Cook said at an interview at Startup Fest Europe in Amsterdam that Apple will not be entering the mobile carrier space and will also not be attempting to become an MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). Cook's exact reasoning was kind of interesting:
Apple has a history of saying that it won't do something... until it does. But, this answer seems far more real than those past examples. The key here isn't just that Cook is denying that Apple would get into the space, but that the reason is because Apple wouldn't be able to do it globally. Cook isn't necessarily saying that Apple can't be a mobile carrier, just that it's too difficult to jump through all the regulatory hoops around the world to make it work everywhere.