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AT&T Insiders Report iPhone Exclusivity Going Away On Wednesday

AT&T Insiders Report iPhone Exclusivity Going Away On Wednesday

It's sort of hard to believe that all the hype from CES is already over and done with. Larger companies spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to introduce and showcase new products at the show, and now all anyone wants to talk about in the tech world is Apple. Must be nice to be Steve Jobs (or an investor). The company that gave the world the iPod and iPhone is planning a media event on the 27th of this month, and while the world tends to believe a tablet or slate of some sort is planned, there has been no definite proof of that to this point.

We really have no idea what's next from Apple; we just know that it'll be something to unleash one's creative side according to a tagline in the invite. According to an inside source close to the going-ons involved in all of this, a new tablet of some sort may not be the only thing on deck for next Wednesday though. We have been led to believe by an inside source that AT&T will lose their iPhone exclusivity on the same day, though it's not yet clear what other carrier (or carriers) will be stepping in to also carry the phone. For anyone who has followed the saga, you may notice that you haven't seen AT&T fighting to extend their original exclusive agreement of late. In fact, they have spent most of their time fighting Verizon's negative ad campaign.



This may not be all that surprising. Inside of AT&T, we are hearing that the iPhone is causing more trouble than ever before. On some level, having the iPhone is hurting AT&T's image. Because they are the only company to carry it, and it's such a data hog, it's largely to blame for AT&T's network troubles. We don't remember hearing about AT&T's "horrible network" before the iPhone--do you? The iPhone itself doesn't really handle the switch from 3G to EDGE very well, so calls that are in-progress tend to fail whenever the 3G bands aren't optimal and the phone attempts to step down to EDGE. It seems that AT&T is tired of taking the heat for this, and at this point, they may be smart to just let another carrier take some of those customers who are most inclined to complain.

We also heard that when AT&T loses their grip on the iPhone, they'll be introducing a bunch of other new smartphones with new platforms in order to "compensate." At CES, it was announced that new Windows Mobile, Android and webOS-based phones were destined to land on AT&T, but few details were provided as to when. Now, it seems the puzzle pieces are beginning to slot together. It's possible that AT&T recently went searching for deals with other phone makers in order to proactively bolster its smartphone lineup for when this day-of-doom would come. AT&T has gained a huge amount of subscribers from being the only operator with the iPhone, and if it loses that advantage, it'll need some other cutting-edge, high-brow phones to keep people's attention.


One big happy family soon?

It's hard to say what'll happen if a carrier like Verizon gets the iPhone. Will existing iPhone users on AT&T run in droves to switch, regardless of the early termination fee? Will existing AT&T iPhone users stick with their plan? Maybe Apple will simply see a new influx of iPhone users, as customers who were always wary of AT&T finally make the jump now that the phone is a on a network with better perceived quality? We still have to take all of this as rumor for now, but we have very good reason to believe that we'll see AT&T quietly (or perhaps not so quietly) lose its grip on the iPhone come Wednesday. What happens after that is anyone's guess, but we would expect the overall iPhone market share in the US to surge quite significantly if it's made available on a CDMA carrier.
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Oh that's definite, but either way I am not exactly saying a consumer would have to pay for a new phone. I am saying the exclusivity clause be changed more so. Say your exclusivity clause was the remainder of the phones value on a 12 month spread. In the end because people would get new phones every year they would have an added income as well. So it would make financial sense. The benefit for the consumer besides something like this would be the carriers having to actually compete on a performance features network based because people would move faster. That what a true market is supposed to be based on value of service rather than BS commercials and you can't leave us or you owe use BS.

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I'm really hoping Apple does a complete game changing move with whatever their new creation is that they are announcing on Wednesday. By game changing, I mean turn the wireless industry on their head.

Imagine using a device that is able to roam freely among all wireless service networks giving you the strongest signal anywhere you are in the world. At the end of the month, the networks would get their portion of the service plan that is tracked by Apple's gadget and their infrastructure.

Everyone is tired of customer complaints against service providers. This is the one solution that would change ALL that! If you are interesting in this solution, read more about it here: http://bit.ly/4wq4jU

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I'm actually with millca on this one. Google's Nexus One will be available on both GSM and CDMA networks...if Apple doesn't follow suit, how much market share do they stand to lose?

The networks should be awarded on how strong they can make their networks, instead of trying to trap customers into 2 year plans. So if you're in Massachusetts, your phone logs onto AT&T, and in Upstate New York, Verizon becomes your service provider. This way competition and innovation will push the market in the right direction: better network for everyone. Much of Europe already uses this model, why not in America?

 

Granna:

At&T is the best carrier and I can't believe that anyone believe's those bad ads about the map coverage. What a joke, they are involved in a very large law suit over the mis-information the Verizon is sending out. Whenever there is an exclusive, it always comes to an end, AT&T saw the advantage to the iPhone in the beginning (when none of the other carriers had the knowledge to see how well it would take off) and were smart to lock in an exclusive. Boy, It's hard to believe that people are so gullable and believe anything they hear on commercials!! We have tried every other carrier there is and NONE stand up to the service, coverage and non-dropped calls that AT&T (Cingular) provides. The speed of AT&T's 3G will way exceed the others 4G and then all those customers will be crying and complaining. Do your homework people and don't get sucked in by the lies.

 

It depends where you are, but the Iphone has put more pressure on AT&T's 3G network than they estimated, hence the frequent network problems. I'm guessing the bandwidth usage on the Verizon network is a fraction of what it is on AT&T.

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I agree gibbersome if this were the case the early termination fines would disappear at least at a reasonable time line. This is if the market actually worked on validity of great service from a provider. This would also be the best for everyone (except the provider with the lowest coverage and or availability of specific services),

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I see what your saying gibbersome I wasn't getting your point entirely so it is an auto switch to whoever has stronger coverage in your particular area. That would mean everything is unlimited and everyone receives the same bill monthly no matt .er who they choose, but just as a cellular user and whatever add ons they have. That is pretty interesting! About this stuff about At&t being the best carrier period this is a joke he must be an At&t spammer or something.

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Some At&t (and I would imagine iPhone fanboy posted something to this discussion), it is interesting to see where we are at now. What gibbersome said "I'm actually with millca on this one. Google's Nexus One will be available on both GSM and CDMA networks...if Apple doesn't follow suit, how much market share do they stand to lose?", is the most interesting to me at this point in time as you can see the evidence directly.

Apple has not yet (of course it is rumored to by November be producing a CDMA phone) done it, and we see the results. Apple much like back in the day keeps a locked and proprietary OS on there devices. As long as the general public does not really see the difference (in this case on Android), the Apple side "LOOK'S" nicer, but is actually less operationally. Now it is up against an open source opponent, which in accordance with the current market is going to knock Apple down even faster I think in the open market.

I watched a couple presentations on various sites a couple of days ago on the exact subject of iPhone or IOS vs. Android. Most of them were with previous Apple die hard's IE: Fanboy's, they were in general amazed at what they could do as well as what could be done developmentally on an open source platform. The attitude in general was that while the Apple devices may look prettier (they were generally around  the time of the EVO and iPhone 4 release time), the Android devices were better operationally all the way around.

To look at this now and consider as gibber stated from the what do they stand to loose view point, it seems they are loosing popularity directly. I am actually looking at new phones because I will be going on the road for 2 months in about 2 weeks, and my phone is about 3 years old now (Env2). So I could use an update. My main choices have been Verizon (my current Provider), Sprint, and At&t. I hear to much negativity about At&t especially outside of some major cities. I wonder the same about Sprint, but have no direct knowledge yet! I need a reliable connection nation wide as the team I am working with, and therefore me as a representative will be traveling nation wide. Not only will I be going nation wide, we will be doing work in Walmart, and Sam's Club locations as well as some of there new pilot community (smaller) locations.

So over all I will probably stay with Verizon because they have more network available,  although I think Verizon and Sprint partner in some way on towers because both of there equipment type's transmit the same, I don't have a lot of detail on it. The reason I have been with Verizon as long as I have now is from one trip I had years ago right after I started using them. I flew from Atlanta, Ga. to Portland, Or. and had service all the way across the country in the jet except for a 15 minute break in the very middle of the country. Remember this was also before wifi ore even cellular was really available on plains directly.

I am open to go to any provider who gives me the best coverage not because they have the coolest phone. For now that still looks like Verizon even if they are a little more expensive!

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What does 4G mean exactly? Is it a technical specification or just a marketing term, like "broadband"?

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4G refers to 4th generation (as opposed to 3rd generation or 3G) data networks. I don't know the technical specs, so I can't address the differences between 3G (or 4G) implementations on Sprint v. AT&T v. Verizon, but everybody is having to make major upgrades to their wireless data networks to keep up with increasing demands from "data hogs" like iPhone users, i.e. anyone who actually uses their 'smartphone' for more than just checking e-mail.

4G is, of course, much faster than 3G, but as you can tell from the chatter here and elsewhere, there is a lot more to the efficiency of a network and its benefits to you, than raw throughput in a stationary location. As they say, "Individual results may vary."

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ok today is the 27th and i haven't read nothing in regards iphone leaving at&t so finally all the stupid speculation will be over... (hopefully) now we got to worried about the 2012 one hehehehe

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Either way the contract is up in June anyways.

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it's so disappointing that they didn't loose their exclusive iPhone Exclusivity..

/ bredbÄnd

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lots of verizon fanboys here

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