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AT&T Seeking to Extend iPhone Exclusivity in U.S.

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Apr 14, 2009, 9:35 PM   by Eric M. Zeman   @phonescooper

According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, AT&T is currently in talks with Apple to extend its exclusive distribution deal for the iPhone. People 'familiar with the matter,' AT&T's deal is set to expire in 2010, and the company is hoping to push the deal at least to 2011. That would give it an additional year as the only U.S. carrier to offer the iPhone. AT&T is also seeking to recharge sales by revamping some of the marketing around its bundled services. It believes its wireless services should take priority over its landline services when it comes to bundling TV and Internet packages.

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mrrd

Apr 15, 2009, 10:38 AM

Other Carriers

AT&T is smart in trying to keep the iPhone exclusive. It means more money and subscribers for them. But Apple will ultimately lose out because every competitive phone manufacturer is constantly trying to build an iPhone killer. Many of the Samsung, Nokia and LG phones are getting better and better. Almost if not all have replaceable batteries and memory card expansion. These manufacturers are not going to sit on the sidelines and continue to let the iPhone dominate the market. Point is; by 2011/2012, there will probably be a damn good iPhone killer from someone while the iPhone is going to get a refresh each year. Apple should branch out now before the competition catches up. GSM may be global but Verizon has some good "global" phones that w...
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2011? 2012?

Have you not heard of the Pre?
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You do realize that Nokia actually dominates the market, not Apple? Rolling Eyes
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dead zone

Apr 15, 2009, 10:28 AM

Bring Iphone to Verizon!!!

c'mon Verizon.....double what ATT will give. Cool


any agree? Iphone on Verizon Network.
Make the iphone a good PHONE instead of a fancy media device with phone capabilities and verizon might consider it.
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Yeah, except that then Verizon would insist that Apple drop the iPhone's user interface in favor of Verizon's craptastic system. Rolling Eyes
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I really doubt this will happen till LTE, why would Apple make an iPhone specifically for CDMA when LTE is so close
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FIN

Apr 14, 2009, 10:26 PM

NO!

Come on! Its been long enough, we would like to see the iphone to other carriers other than ATT and (jailbroken) t-mobile!

2010 has been long enough!
AT&T will surely fight this one hard. Come 2010, I'm sure they'll be looking to keep rights until 2012.
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T Mobster

Apr 15, 2009, 2:36 PM

Better on at&t than vzw...

I'm going to play devil's advocate and say that if the iphone stays with ONE carrier, I'd rather the iphone stay on at&t rather than vzw...the price of the iphone is not as bad as it used to be but if i would pay "iphone" money for a phone, it's best on a gsm network. vzw just loves to lock down phones with that ugly UI. On the other hand apple and at&t do restrict the device but not as bad and not with a carrier based UI. cell phone companies in the u.s need to realize that it is not their job to police what a subscriber does with their device with the exception that it is illegal like kiddie porn or hacking a data base etc etc. To be fair, Tmobile removed tethering apps from the android market for the G1...they claim it's to ensure everyon...
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Agreed Very Happy
T Mobster said:
I'm going to play devil's advocate and say that if the iphone stays with ONE carrier, I'd rather the iphone stay on at&t rather than vzw...the price of the iphone is not as bad as it used to be but if i would pay "i
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I'll make this simple:

Iphone=smartphone (at least as far as UI is concerned)

Verizon does nothing to change smartphone UI.


See:
Blackberries
Windows Mobile Devices
Palm Devices

Apple would fall into that category, not into the catego...
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mingkee

Apr 15, 2009, 6:29 AM

iPhone=T-Mobile killer!

it's interesting how att is using iPhone to destroy T-Mobile USA, and end up put them out of business!
Ah, the smell of capitalism in the morning!
And how are we going out of business? Sorry fanboy one phone is not going to put T-mobile out of business.
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If I didn't want an iPhone, I'd get an Android handset. T-Mo got on that bandwagon early while Sprint wasted their time with the Samsung Instinct (hopefully the Pre will turn it around) , and Verizon wasted their time on the Blackberry Storm.

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Don't you have better ways to spend your time? I see you constantly talk down T-Mobile as if they owe you a kidney! This article doesn't even MENTION T-Mobile, leave them out of it please.

Oh, and stop spreading your filth on tmonews as well, thank...
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crackberry

Apr 14, 2009, 11:07 PM

new marketing....

they are pushing landline on sales people and writing people up for not selling enough. at&t did a stupid move when they started pushing that after all the wireless carriers spent a good part of a decade selling against landline. ralph de la vega needs to go and randall needs to bring back stan! and while we're at it they need to get rid of mobile email and let the handset manufactures decide what type of email is on the handset.
crackberry said:
ralph de la vega needs to go and randall needs to bring back stan!


Why do you say this? Ralph is repeatedly praised in the industry as a game-changer and a revolutionary. He pretty much orchestra...
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