5 Year Cingular Contract ending soon?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by boss1, Jan 29, 2007.

  1. boss1 macrumors 6502a

    boss1

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    I guess the question I'm wondering is when the 5 year contract started. Apparently Verizon was approached in 2004 so if the contract started then it would have effectively ended in 2009. Also I remember seeing/hearing somewhere that 2009 is when the Cingular/Apple contract ends. So did the Cingular/Apple Contract begin in 2004? That could possibly be good news I suppose, for consumers who don't like Cingular.
     
  2. crees! macrumors 68000

    crees!

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    Reasonable thinking would have the start of the contract being when the phone is first available to the public.
     
  3. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think the original poster is implying that the Cingular exclusivity deal might have been a blanket one that started with the ROKR/iTunes thing and predates the iPhone? I don't know that anything supports that.... Hopefully the iPhone isn't locked to them for 5 years. Please. They can't even decide on one name and stick with it. :D
     
  4. flashphire macrumors newbie

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    Yes, the iPhone contract with Cingular ends in 2009- and it is exclusive. So bad news for people in the US anyway that want to us a service other than Cingular in the short term. I imagine that you'll be able to buy a hacked\unlocked one to use with other SIM card providers like T-mobile.

    I think that Verizon did a terribly stupid thing when passing up the iPhone. They should have known with Apple that they wouldn't have as much control over the hardware as they may have liked, but tough nipples- that's the rub.
     

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