Apple = MVNO, why not?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by trajen, Nov 13, 2009.

  1. trajen macrumors 6502a

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    With all this AT&T vs. Verizon bickering and "iPhone coming to Verizon" rumors, is it too big of a stretch to think that maybe after AT&T's exclusivity ends next year Apple might start up its own wireless service ala Helio? I remember reading that Apple had considered it in the past before they went with AT&T.
     
  2. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Doubtful...

    So how did that work for Helio? ;)

    If anything I think they are realizing that having it on MORE carriers only means more customers.
     
  3. rjohnstone macrumors 68040

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    It would cost them a fortune to set up and they would still have to rely on another carriers infrastructure.

    Apple gets to point the finger at AT&T when network issues arise.

    They won't be able to do that as a MVNO as the customer would only see Apple as the provider.
    The average Cricket, Boost, Helio, Virgin, etc., have no clue they are actually using AT&T, T-Mobile or Verizion towers (depending on the tech of course).
     
  4. robanga macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure the advantage would outweigh the expenditures of energy, people, corporate mindshare and costs in general.

    Managing a new business is not trivial even for Apple and particularly for Apple, seems to be a matter of doing it overwhelming correct if you are going to do it.

    Yes they would gain some more sales on a greater network coverage thing. But I am just not sure that having a CDMA option would gain them that many more sales.
     
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  6. t0mat0 macrumors 603

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    From the timings for mass production for the necessary chips - nope. Not yet. More likely in a tablet/slate maybe? Wouldn't Apple want Verizon to up their network game and upgrade it to get up to AT&T's next level of coverage beyond lower speed HSDPA?
     
  7. strike1555 macrumors 6502

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    Not only is it incredibly expensive but imagine an Apple network for a second.

    Cell phone prices are already high as it is...do you expect competition from Apple of all places to lower them? Prices would skyrocket across the board.
     
  8. milani macrumors 68000

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    What I want to see is Verizon throw Droid under the bus just to get the iPhone on their network next year... you know they would.
     
  9. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    I believe Google wanted to do that a couple of years ago, but even they couldn't compete at frequency auctions with the big boys. I really doubt we'll see anything but consolidation in the future barring some sort of antitrust action. It's just to expensive to start a new wireless company.

    In this I do not count companies which merely lease networks from other companies.
     
  10. samab macrumors 6502a

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    Google "participated" at the spectrum auction without any intention to actually win the spectrum.
     

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