Can Apple get their own cell phone network already?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by The Californian, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. The Californian macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Location:
    Surfers Paradise
  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2002
    Location:
    London, England
  3. HarrisonB macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 16, 2009
    #3
    the towers would be so shiny everyone would crash their cars.
     
  4. Nicholas.C macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2008
    #4
    And shaped like apples!
     
  5. The Californian thread starter macrumors 68040

    The Californian

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2009
    Location:
    Surfers Paradise
    #5
    They wouldn't even need towers... Apple would create a new technology that doesn't require towers or having to wait a few months after MMS and Tethering are released before supporting it.
     
  6. wetrix macrumors 6502

    wetrix

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2006
    Location:
    Auckland, New Zealand
    #6
    Every major Apple product has a 6 page complaint list on macrumors.

    Do you really want to be forced to use a mobile provider with such a complaint list? It would probably lack voice, and text messaging because all you need is email and iChat.

    Also, Apple probably doesn't think you need reception if you live outside a major city.
     
  7. sammich macrumors 601

    sammich

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2006
    Location:
    Sarcasmville.
    #7
    Powered by hopes and dreams and the Steve's RDF.
     
  8. SqB macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2008
    Location:
    Northern Colorado
    #8
    Apple Cell Network

    It would cost 2-3 times as much as any of the competitors, but it would "just work," in the same way that MobileMe "just worked." Just don't be one of the first to sign up and you'll be just fine.
     
  9. Totter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2009
    Location:
    NJ, USA
    #9
    Haha! True! Everything apple makes is so sterile and shiny... And clean!
     
  10. Kahnyl macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Feb 2, 2009
    #10
    They haven't even done it yet and you're all complaining already.
     
  11. kdarling macrumors P6

    kdarling

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2007
    Location:
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    #11
    According to early reports, Apple indeed originally discussed becoming a MVNO for the iPhone. Basically, reselling carrier services as their own.

    Then they came to their senses and realized that carriers are always blamed when there's no coverage, or there's problems.

    So Apple decided to be smart and just make the phone itself.

    Thus they could continue to look good while their chosen carrier(s) might not.
     
  12. gloss macrumors 601

    gloss

    Joined:
    May 9, 2006
    Location:
    around/about
    #12
    Now that's smart business.
     
  13. Maclver macrumors 68020

    Maclver

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2008
    Location:
    36°07′53″N 95°56′14″W
    #13
    Honestly if apple had their own network like that I don't think we would of seen millions of iPhone sold
     
  14. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

    edesignuk

    Joined:
    Mar 25, 2002
    Location:
    London, England
    #14
    Add to this nonsense that a carrier cannot possibly survive with a choice of 1 handset.
     
  15. labman macrumors 604

    labman

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2009
    Location:
    Mich near Detroit
    #15
    Wwdc 2010

    Steve Jobs for this job

    I now Give you ICell Run by our Special Itowers these Babies run on solar and and are designed like large apples (worms not included) to we will provide free 10 GB service for all our Ifans Microsoft people will pay out there A-- and of course all our Ifans will get the latest and greatest phones with out paying for them in fact we will pay you because at apple Icare! :rolleyes:
     
  16. bobsentell macrumors 6502a

    bobsentell

    Joined:
    Nov 14, 2008
    Location:
    Alabama
    #16
    Why would Apple deal with the hassle? Apple has a great setup. They design the phone, contract a manufacturer to build the pieces of the phone, and contract a telcom to provide service for the phone. All Apple has to do is slap the thing together and sell it. Great business model.

    Apple is in the computer hardware business, not the telcom business. Why would Apple subject itself to the same whining and crying AT&T gets?
     
  17. mgamber macrumors 6502a

    mgamber

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2008
    Location:
    1966
    #17
    LOL....yeah, time has proven over and over that nothing works better than a self-righteous monopoly! Go for it, even AT&T would look good up against that!
     
  18. dagomike macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Jun 22, 2007
    #18
    If Apple ran their own mobile network, you would still be charged for upgrading in contract!
     
  19. theMaccer macrumors 6502a

    theMaccer

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2006
    Location:
    SoCal
    #19
    I think it would be cheaper for Apple to buy up one of those carriers than setting up their own.
     
  20. Nicholas.C macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2008
    #20
    probally would be cheaper but can't see Apple-Net anytime soon :p
     
  21. Givmeabrek macrumors 68040

    Givmeabrek

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2009
    Location:
    NY
    #21
    The towers would probably be made of clear plastic. Wouldn't work very well. Stick with ATT. :cool:
     
  22. anamznazn macrumors regular

    anamznazn

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2005
    Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
    #22
    Pshh....we all know the towers will be unibody.
     

Share This Page