AT&T and Apple - Contract Extended

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  1. CaucasionInvasn macrumors member

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  2. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Dude, the analyst whose speculation forms the basis of this article admits he just pulled this out of his ass. He has absolutely no basis for this claim.
     
  3. msavwah macrumors 6502

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    Not a fact
    Speculation admitted by the analyst who said it.
     
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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?p=9851649

    So how can I get a job as an "analyst"? Seems like most of these guys have a way more secure living than other fiction writers.

    Although I don't think "Harry Potter and the Mysterious Business Model" would have flown off the shelves.
     
  8. Tankfantry macrumors regular

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    I still have until June 2011 until my AT&T contract is finished so wake me up in a year and it might be relevant.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    While it is speculation, I wouldn't be totally surprised. AT&T needs apple more then apple needs AT&T. That was evident in the deep discounts AT&T offered for the iPad data contract.

    I'm sure the harsh marketing approach verizon took recently probably pissed off apple enough to also consider extending the contract. If one thing is true about apple its that they can show a vindictive side.
     
  10. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    What deep discounts? Isn't an unlimited plan $30 everywhere? :confused:
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    The article at gizmodo mentions this quote

     
  12. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Oh I see. But I still don't get it. iPhone Unlimited data is $30, most data plans are around that ... I don't see the discount. I see this as being like Amazon when they sell a Blu-ray DVD for 40% off, it's really $24.99 but that is because the suggested retail is $39. No one ever priced that DVD at $39, but because it is suggested retail amazon saying it's 40% is not misleading anyone, technically.

    You get my drift?
    In other words, I don't buy that AT&T cut their data plan 50% for the iPad. I believe it was $30 all along.
     
  13. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    I think that the point is that AT&T's netbooks and laptop connect plans are $45, and since the iPad is basically a netbook without a keyboard...

    Still, the totally speculative nature of this claim does not justify its specificity, which I can only suppose was meant to give it an air of authority. It sounds much more authoritative to say "AT&T received a six month extension to their exclusivity agreement" than to say "I would speculate that AT&T must have sought some concession from Apple -- perhaps an extension of their exclusivity agreement -- in exchange for discounting iPad data plans."
     
  14. flash144 macrumors member

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    Everytime I read something similar to this, I can't help but laugh.

    Verizon doesn't mention the Iphone in their ads. They go after ATT's 3g coverage. BUT, people can't get over its about the Iphone. (the only ad that mentions the Iphone, calls it a "great phone" but with bad coverage. Island of Misfit toys)

    When ATT ads about "covers 97% of Americans", they don't mention 3g.

    Marketing students should be taking notes.
     
  15. geko29 macrumors 6502

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    Actually, they're $60, which is also the total data plan cost if you add tethering to a smartphone's existing unlimted data plan ($30 UL data + $30 tethering). The $45 you're probably thinking of is the Enterprise data plans, which you're *supposed* to buy if you're using Exchange ActiveSync and you have to buy if you want BES support.

    So the iPad plan definitely qualifies as a 50% discount, if it's being compared to what would be required to get the same access on a laptop or netbook.
     
  16. mgamber macrumors 6502a

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    Most "unlimited" data-only deals are $60. I've been paying Verizon $60 with a contract to use the modem in my netbook, T-Mobile also has a $60 plan, last time I checked. AT&T is the only outfit I know that's offering something lower.
     
  17. SAD*FACED*CLOWN macrumors 65816

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    Apple is going to purchase AT&T......can I be an analyst too?
     
  18. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    If you're good at pulling stuff out of your a$$, then yes.
     
  19. Geckotek macrumors G3

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    I'd say most definately yes then. :p
     

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