Initial iPhone Exclusivity Agreement Between Apple and AT&T was for Five Years
According to legal documents uncovered by Engadget, the initial exclusive iPhone distribution agreement between Apple and AT&T was five years. The 2008 court documents cited by Engadget include the following statements made by Apple: "The duration of the exclusive Apple-[AT&T] agreement was not 'secret' either. The [plaintiff] quotes a May 21, 2007 USA Today article – published over a month before the iPhone's release – stating, 'AT&T has exclusive U.S. distribution rights for five years-an eternity in the go-go cellphone world" ... and ... "[T]here was widespread disclosure of [AT&T's] five-year exclusivity and no suggestion by Apple or anyone else that iPhones would become unlocked after two years... Moreover, it is sheer speculation – and illogical – that failing to disclose the five-year exclusivity term would produce monopoly power..." Apple did not respond to requests to verify the report, but the documents are public in a court case involving Apple. The language used by Apple clearly indicates that the deal struck between AT&T and Apple in 2007 was to last for five years. The documents do not in any way indicate if that initial agreement is still in place, or if it has been altered. AT&T has been the sole wireless network to carry the iPhone in the U.S. since it went on sale in June 2007, three years ago. An AT&T spokesperson told Phone Scoop in an email, "We have a great relationship with Apple. We don't comment on the specifics of our relationship."
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Your post made me giggle. It was kinda embarrasing really You should be ashamed of yourself.
That's how I originally remember it. . .
3) Upgrade Path
4) Application Quality
And if your Droid does multitouch how come you can't hold down the shift key and type a letter?
I think if Apple does not get another cell phone carrier selling there phones in the USA they are in trouble. If you have read all the info droid is taking over domestically. The Android market is growing at a rate of 10,000 apps per month (not crappy ones ether) If Apple holds until 2012 to offer it on other cell phone carriers they are sunk. They will be under 7% (a position I think they like f...
And the truth will set you free...maybe...
But, that doesn't mean that Apple couldn't produce a different phone for Verizon and give it a different name. I wonder if it says anything about the OS in addition to the phone. If it just means that Verizon can't get the iPhone, that's one thing. But could Verizon get a phone by a different name with the same OS?
Who didn't know this?
Despite AT&T's network woes during the 3GS boom, AT&T has been competitive with the iPhone/iPad plan rates compared to international carriers.
Honestly, Apple's better off waiting until Verizon gets hit by the giant mess that is Android's development model and comes begging for the iPhone.